Do Not Stand Alone!

Partner!  Be it with the Legislature, Executive Branch, the Bar, legal services, or the law library — get together with others on other projects.  By reaching out, the court is building a good relationship with the other branches of government and legal entities,which is critical to giving it a higher profile in government and with the public.

This partnering should not begin with, nor solely revolve around, the budget. Partnerships could include working on joint grant proposals, sharing information about IT projects, creating informal advisory boards or task forces, or even something as simple as brown bag lunches on topics of mutual iterest.  Get engaged with all the players and bring your powerful presence to the fore.

From Harvard’s Kennedy Center report, Keeping Courts Funded.

Mike R, are you reading this???!

FROM THE REPORT: While ethical rules may limit some judges from engaging in the legislative process, at a minimum court administrative staff should weigh in on legislative initiatives on a regular basis, even if only to offer technical advice. Providing information at the last minute, particularly in a reactive way, only engenders hostility. Moreover, lawmakers bristle when the only time that the courts engage with the other branches is during budget season. Individual judges and key staff may have particular relations with members of the other two branches. Identify these relationships, develop and use them.