Janet has over 40 years of experience in courts and court system leadership. She is a consultant, presenter, and author with local, state, federal and international experience in engaging, educating and consulting with judges, court staff and justice system professionals. Consulting and presentations have occurred in 25 states, and 6 countries.
Topics and areas of expertise include:
administration, management and leadership
caseflow and calendar management
process improvement and reengineering
access and self help services/self-represented litigants
operational efficiency assessments
accountability and court performance measurement
high performance court practices
general and limited jurisdiction courts
She is currently a contract consultant and faculty for the National Center for State Courts and faculty with the National Judicial College and Casey Family Programs.
Hope Kentnor, the founder of eDevLaw, is a visionary in online learning. She has designed and developed online courses, developed curricula in a variety of specialties, served as a faculty member of The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and trained faculty and administrators in online learning. She has worked with several universities, institutions, and non-profits such as USAID, Texas A&M School of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, The University of Denver and University of Kiev. She holds a Doctorate in Online Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s degree in Law Practice Management-Administration, which gives her the foresight to build the most effective courses to maximize learning. Hope and the eDevLaw team create fully customized professional development and continuing education solutions for all of their clients and trains faculty and professionals alike in implementing these solutions.
Peter C. Kiefer is a career court veteran with over 40 years experience working with trial courts in Oregon, Arizona, and California. He has been an administrator in general jurisdiction and limited jurisdiction trial courts; he has also worked for state court administrative offices in both Oregon and California. He has consulted with the judicial systems in Liberia, Moldova, and Beirut, Lebanon, as well as being a member of a NACM delegation to visit the People’s Republic of China. Peter graduated from Santa Clara University with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, received his Master’s of Public Administration with a specialty in Court Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2016 he became a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. In 2015 Peter was given the NACM Award of Merit. Peter currently hosts the Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast in cooperation with that National Association for Court Management.
Phil is the principal consultant of KSA Consulting Solutions, LLC and Executive Director of MK Litigation Solutions, Inc. Both firms provide services for courts, government and private business. Previously, Phil gained invaluable experience working in a number of courts and law firms across the country. Through more than 35 years he developed expertise in a number of areas including: strategic planning, courthouse design, caseflow management, pretrial release, organizational re-engineering and intergovernmental relations. His formal scholastic education includes studies in public administration, criminal justice management and law. Phil has served as a director on the Board of NACM and chairperson of the NACM Communications Committee and is a past editor for the NACM Court Manager. He is a graduate Fellow of the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management. He has authored a number of professional articles and presented and taught on numerous topics nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Child Advocates Inc. Speakers Bureau Appreciation Award, the Arizona Family Support Council President’s Award, and the National Center for State Courts Director’s Award of Merit for Applied Research for his work in family and juvenile courts.
Norman Meyer is a court administration expert after a 38 year career as a trial court administrator in the state and federal U.S. courts. Mr. Meyer has written and spoken widely on judicial administration in the United States and abroad, and is currently writing a court management blog (https://courtleader.net/vantage-point).
He is a member of the North American Regional Board of the International Association for Court Administration (having previously served as Vice President for that region for five years), an Associate of the Justice Speakers Institute, a Past President and recipient of the Award of Merit of the National Association for Court Management, and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. He has experience working with many foreign judiciaries, especially in the Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Albania. He received his M.S. in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1979, and a B.A. in political science and Russian studies from the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1977.
Kathleen Nalty is a lawyer who is a nationally recognized expert in strategies for creating cultures of inclusion to retain and advance diverse talent. She is:
A leader in diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, having earned 10 awards by a variety of legal and community organizations for her ground-breaking work.
An experienced trainer who speaks all across the country at law firms, corporate law departments, government legal organizations and legal conferences.
A consultant with over 15 years’ experience assisting organizations in diversity and inclusion strategies.
An author of a book entitled Going “All-In” on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook that includes new tools for advancing diversity and inclusion.
A Tedx speaker – “How Diversity Makes You Smarter.”
An adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she teaches a course on diversity and inclusion.
Kathleen has developed engaging educational sessions that produce big “aha’s” - on unconscious bias in particular.
Kathleen earned a B.A. from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. She started her career as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in Denver. Kathleen was then selected to participate in the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As a federal civil rights prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, Kathleen worked on cases involving hate crimes, police brutality, and slavery.