Learning Together To “Get It Right”

Since its founding in 2005, the mission of the Judicial College has been to provide “education and training to judicial branch personnel to develop the abilities and values necessary to provide justice.” In the nearly four years that I have been in my role, I’ve consistently encountered a similar dedication to learning and fairness expressed by our clients: the judges, magistrates, clerks, and other court officials of North Carolina.

Does Anyone Know How to Fly This Thing?

In a few long months, I feel like all the things I’ve generally relied on as certainties are, well, uncertain. As an educator, what can we say right now? Who are we? We are flying turbulent skies, in an old plane, over enemy territory, at night, upside down, and the flight manual just fell out the window. That’s what it FEELS like, right?

From the President (Summer 2020)

Janice Calvi-Ruimerman

As I entered my office today, having been telecommuting since March 13, 2020, I fully expected to find my office plants yearning for water and on the brink of decay, if not fully returned to the dirt in which they rested. What I saw, however, astonished me! On my conference table sat the Poinsettia plant that I purchased from my daughter’s school fundraiser 3 years ago, which seems to be thriving.

From the President (Spring 2020)

Janice Calvi-Ruimerman

It has been just about 50 days of the new “normal”! So, what has changed … I now know the precise interval for each news cast in order to move between Lester Holt and Norah O’Donnell to gather the “facts” … I know that there is no actual way to predict New England weather… I MUST suit up to buy groceries … I find it interesting to see how people are creating masks to match personality and mood while ensuring safety … it takes me exactly 1 hour to “Clorox” my groceries and put them all away …

Candid Camera: Tips for When You’re on Webcam

computer and coffee photo by Chris Montgomery

Even as social distancing guidelines change, the reality is that many of us will continue to conduct large portions of our jobs remotely. While you’ve probably already been on many video calls, it’s worth re-evaluating your options and considering adjustments that will cost nothing except a few minutes of your time. A few changes could make it a more pleasant and effective experience for everyone involved.

An ICM First: A Virtual Course Offering

In the midst of the pandemic, ICM is breaking new ground by offering its first-ever blended online course. The course, Public Relations, is designed to help court managers communicate effectively with the public, justice partners and judges and court staff.