For the first time since the pandemic, the National Association of Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) held its annual Leadership Academy and Conference from August 21 to 24.
The gathering in Anaheim, California, was chaired by Judge John J. Russo, who currently serves as the Chairman of NAPCO's Board of Directors.
NAPCO is an independent, nonprofit, education and research organization of chief/presiding judges and court executives in state and local trial courts, and partners with the National Center for State Courts.
NAPCO is committed to enhancing the effective administration of justice in general, limited and specialized courts through strengthening leadership; modernizing court processes, technology and facilities; streamlining performance; promoting trial court innovations; and advancing judicial independence, the Rule of Law, and public accountability.
More than 310 judges and court administrators attended the conference which featured three days of cutting edge seminars. It was the largest turnout for a NAPCO conference to date.
Judge Russo helped develop NAPCO, which was formerly the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC). Cleveland hosted the first NAPCO conference in 2016.