Mind the Gap: The Power of Active Engagement
July 22-26, 2018
NACM Annual Conference
The NACM Annual Conference, “Mind the Gap” will focus on the practical application of mindfulness to anticipate and respond to gaps in addressing issues facing the courts. Being mindful of these gaps can help court leaders identify ways in which we can improve our judicial system. Courts have direct impact on individuals and societal trends directly influence the work of the court system. Court leaders, therefore, look to consciously address gaps by improving business processes, optimizing resources, building a superior workforce, and providing exceptional services. Evidence supports that conscious awareness increases employee engagement and allows for sounder decision making so that court leaders can engage in the development of programs, services, and activities that meet the growing demands placed upon the courts while upholding the rule of law and maintaining public trust and confidence.
When we are mindful, we bring our curiosity and openness to the present moment. We are aware of what’s going on, both inside and around us while not being overly reactive or overwhelmed. Court managers and judges practice mindfulness daily choosing not to react automatically—mindlessly—to an event, a thought, or an emotion, but rather to observe and choose if, and how, to respond. Thus, this conference will include topic areas that reflect the challenges facing courts today and seek presentation proposals that educate and motivate attendees to mind the gap and actively engage in the anticipation and response to gaps in issues facing the courts.