The District of Minnesota Bankruptcy and District Courts' Chief Judge Kathleen Sanberg and Chief Judge John Tunheim, along with Clerks of Court Lori Vosejpka and Kate Fogarty, made opening remarks before each Forum. CSO Case Management Branch Chief and NextGen Implementation Manager Nick Gomez moderated plenary sessions with a panel of court representatives already live on NextGen. New this year was a mobile app that the majority of attendees embraced as a communications tool to build a personalized agenda, stay informed of schedule changes, take surveys and polls, engage with attendees, take notes, upload and download documents, and post photos throughout the week.
With well over 300 sessions between the two Forums, attendees had plenty of topics from which to choose. Most sessions were offered twice, allowing attendees to take full advantage of the range of topics. The NextGen sessions were highly attended, as courts are gearing up for implementation. The sessions on rules amendments effective December 1, 2018, also proved to be very popular. The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) was at the Forum to present sessions on high profile media cases, web resources, and the video team was conducting many interviews with judges and other court personnel on NextGen. Other sessions included court demos on CMAssist, Prisoner Litigation Unit, CHAPmobile, and many other locally developed applications.
Stay tuned to JNet, uscourts.gov, and Court Connections as we release more information related to the 2018 Operational Practices Forums, including presentation materials and more media coverage from OPA.
· To sign up for a NextGen Implementation wave, please contact Nick Gomez, 202-502-2213.
· For more information on the 2018 Bankruptcy Operational Practices Forum, please contact Jole Awtrey, 202-502-3341, or Kyle Crockett, 202-502-1229.
· For more information on the 2018 District Operational Practices Forum, please contact Diane McDonald, 202502--3834, or Ruth Hahn, 202-502-1528.
· For more information on the mobile app, please contact Amy Berkson, 202-502-1661.