I had the privilege of serving for the past couple of years on a Harvard Executive Session regarding the future of the state court judiciary. It was a simply fascinating series of conversations about the role of the judiciary, the unique challenges of state vs. federal courts, and so on. Part of the result of those sessions are a series of white papers by the National Center on State Courts, which includes this week now one by me:
In Courts as Conversations: An Argument for Increased Engagement by Court Leaders, social media expert Garrett Graff explains the true significance of the arrival of social media as it alters the expectations and habits of American society. He advises state court leaders that they “must not only learn how to communicate with new tools; they must also envision new means of judicial engagement with the public through the new social media that can further advance the legitimacy of courts in a democratic society.”
If you’re interested in the judiciary, I hope you’ll give it a read and let me know what you think. I was invited last year to speak to the national conference of chief justices in Atlanta and had a fun exchange with them about how the courts are falling behind the other two branches of government in adopting and embracing new technologies.