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This year, we have the extraordinary good fortune to be in one of my favorite cities, Chicago, from September 15-18 for the NAALJ annual meeting and conference. The Illinois chapter has planned an exciting event with many optional activities including an elegant high tea, an Untouchables tour (remember Eliot Ness, our favorite fed?), a visit to the Second City (if you have never been, this is a must-do!) and a Chicago architectural river cruise. Of course, there is also a stimulating series of programs on the full range of issues facing the administrative judiciary. You will be inspired and challenged by them all.
NYSALJA is delighted to announce that three Challenge Grants will be available, instead of the usual two.
- one recipient’s registration fee will be waived for the event,
- one recipient will be awarded a check for $500 from NAALJ during the conference to help defray expenses, and
- one recipient will be awarded a matching grant for $500 from NYSALJA during the conference, also to help defray expenses.
To participate, you must be a paid-up member in good standing who has not been awarded a grant in the past three years. Please email me at email@example.com to place your name into our drawing.
I hope that all of you will avail yourselves of this potential windfall and remember that, even if you don’t win a grant, everyone who goes to Chicago will be a winner. The 2012 conference in New Orleans was fantastic and the Chicago committee has been working tirelessly to raise the bar.
We’re please to announce that, by random drawing, Judge Jake Weintraub is the winner of the 2013 NYSALJA Mid-Year Conference Grant. The conference is being held in Williamsburg, Virginia from April 14-16, 2013.
Congratulations to Judge Weintraub, and thanks to everyone who applied. Enjoy the conference!
Welcome to 2013! The NYSALJA Executive Board has voted to offer one $500 challenge grant to be used toward attendance at the NAALJ mid-year meeting this spring in Williamsburgh VA.
Rules of the road are as follows:
1/You must be a paid-up member in good standing;
2/Who has not received a challenge grant in the past three years;
3/And must place your name into the proverbial hat by March 1, 2013.
Send an email to me me at firstname.lastname@example.org for this marvelous opportunity. Include your name, email address and a telephone number at which you can be reached. There will only be one winner but, as they say about Lotto, “you gotta be in it to win it!”
Also, you will all be winners in 2013. Our CLE gurus expect to roll out our first webinar quite soon and there is doubly good news to report. It will be FREE to all members in good standing and virtual attendees will receive 2 highly prized ethics credits. The Board is focusing its efforts on ALJ education this year and you can expect for this to be just the first in a series of outstanding CLE programs. Take it from me, the shopaholic/shoe-aholic, this is a great bargain!
The NYSALJA Executive Board will meet again on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at both downstate and Capitol district locations. More detailed meeting information, including the location of pre-meeting libations, will be posted so please come and join us! All members are welcome!
The fifth, and final conference vendor with a booth at the NAALJ New Orleans conference was Cisco Systems, Inc. With literally dozens of products and services, including video and conferencing, Cisco provides government agencies with collaboration tools that provide access to information across multiple agencies and geographies in real time. Headquartered in San Jose, California, they have an extensive enterprise-focused routing, switching and security portfolio.
For more information, they may be reached by phone at 866-426-4892 or by email using Cisco’s email form.
Getting back to the NAALJ annual conference sponsors, CaseLoad Software, was another fine participating vendor at the New Orleans conference. Caseload Software, from Toronto, Canada, was featuring their product suite, myCaseload 6, their “Case Management for Administrative Appeals” software. myCaseload 6 is positioned as a comprehensive and secure web-based case management system specifically designed for “Administrative Appeal Courts, Tribunals and Boards,” their software having all “the functionality necessary to design and automate workflow, enter new cases, e-File, manage all staff, parties, calendars, dockets, documents, notifications and resources.”
Completely customizable with a personalizable user interface, myCaseload has a number of interesting features and modules, including community and public website capabilities, exhibit tracking, Microsoft Exchange integration, recusal management, automatic scheduling, and document publishing.
For more information, they may be reached by phone at (416) 762-0236 or by email to email@example.com.
Sustain eCourt Case Processing, from Sustain Technologies, Inc., based out of Englewood, Colorado, was on hand at the NAALJ annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to show off its web-based case processing system. According to its literature, eCourt provides “configurable workflow management to automate and streamline [a] court’s work.” It supports leading relational databases, is highly configurable, providing configurable workflow management to automate and streamline workflow. The customer determines work queue, and under what conditions, work will be pushed.
eCourt provides case management, calendaring, accounting functions, document creation in RTF format (through Word or WordPerfect), and document management. In addition, eCourt Case Processing allows for “Dynamic Advanced Searching and Ad-Hoc Reporting”, and tools that allow end-users to quickly record information in the courtroom using pre-defined templates, cut and paste, short-cut keys, and use a bar code reader to select commonly used text. Case notes can be entered on a case with private, public, and role-only access. Users can communicate with each other using the notes features. The system also boasts sophisticated security allowing administrators to design their own flexible operational hierarchies of security levels using criteria such as agency, case type, role, etc.
For more information, they may be reached by phone at (213) 229-5482 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week we report on ForTheRecord, Ltd’s (“FTR”) line of products demonstrated at the NAALJ 2012 New Orlean’s Conference. They have a suite of several products.
Featured at the conference were FTR Gold™ and FTR Touch™. FTR Gold™ is a suite of software products that facilitate the capture and management of courtroom proceedings, including:
- FTR Reporter™, a software-based, 8-channel audio recording solution for capturing and managing the record of proceedings;
- FTR Reporter AV™, a software-based, 8-channel audio-video recording solution for capturing and managing the record of proceedings;
- FTR Log Notes™, an electronic annotation tool that enables users to take comprehensive, time-stamped notes linked to a given recording;
- FTR Monitor™, a software solution to centrally monitor and remotely control court proceedings that are being recorded using FTR Reporter or FTR Reporter AV in multiple courtrooms; and
- TheRecord Manager™, a set of software applications and enhancements to their core suite that provides advanced, network based content management, security, format conversion and management, plus administrative tools for both court supervisors and IT administrators.
FTR Touch™ is a stand-alone digital recording device for court- and hearing-rooms that can record up to 8-channels. It combines the simple interface of touch-screen hardware with FTR Gold Reporter™ software “to deliver an elegant and intuitive alternative for courts of all types and sizes.”
Also featured and specifically aimed at government agencies is FTR Hearings,™ is a software-based, 2-channel audio recording solution specifically designed for administrative hearings offices and government agencies.
FTR Corporate Offices are located in Phoenix, Arizona. The company has been involved with the digital court and hearings recording since 1995 with over 23,000 installations in 56 countries.
As mentioned in our September 27, 2012 post, “NAALJ Conference 2012 Recap,” several companies sponsored the conference. Over the next five weeks, I will be taking a look at the five vendors that had booth space outside the conference rooms.
The first in the series starts with Infocom Systems Services, Inc. Headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, the company produces highly customizable software systems for the judiciary. Their “Judicial Agile and Configurable System” (JACS) is a suite of full-featured software products that perform case management, automated scheduling, and calendaring/docket management; as one of the two breakfast presenters at the New Orleans conference, they had a great PowerPoint presentation that demonstrated the benefits of their software, which they designed to be integrated with off the shelf software. They can also create custom solutions.
For more information, they may be reached at (732) 632-2688 or by email to email@example.com.
September 12, 2012, New Orleans, LA
This year’s annual conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ) was jointly held, for the first time, with the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference (FALJC) at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel beginning Sunday, September 9, 2012 through Thursday, September 13, 2012.
Y’all come on down! To the City of New Orleans, that is – and join colleagues from across the country for the first-ever joint conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ) and Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference (FALJC), September 9-12, 2012. The joint committee, including invaluable members of the Louisiana Association of Administrative Law Judges (LAALJ), has put together a terrific schedule of programming and fun events that you will not want to miss.
The registration fee for members will increase – from $400 to $450 – at midnight on Monday, July 9. Rooms remain available at the Ritz at the very special conference rate of $129 per night, as do tickets for exciting optional events. Please go to www.naalj.org/2012-annual-