The Minnesota Association for Court Management announced the recipients of its 2013 awards at its annual meeting in October, 2013.
"Court and government employees often do not receive recognition for their service and achievements. These individuals have gone above and beyond to improve operations and/or coach someone for the benefit of the Minnesota Judicial Branch and the public we serve. Through their dedication to public service and commitment to the court system, we all benefit," said MACM Past President, Vicky Carlson.
Michael Moriarity, Tenth Judicial District Administrator, received the 2013 MACM Lifetime Achievement Award for his demonstrated many contributions to the court management profession and for his years of service to the court community. Michael has spent his career breaking through barriers to create progress in the courts. He began his career with the National Center for State Courts. In 1984, he transitioned to the Minnesota Judicial Branch where he worked as the director of Supreme Continuing Education and then transitioned to the Administrative Services Director and later the Special Courts Administrator with the civil division in Ramsey County Courts. Michael became the Tenth Judicial District Administrator in 2004. Throughout his time with the courts, Michael has displayed superior leadership, courage, and creativity. He has been an integral part of advancing the profession of Court Administration. Many court projects have happened because of Michael's fearlessness for risk taking and his innovative problem solving skills. Michael's most recent project has been overseeing the development of the first statewide conservator monitoring program in the nation – Conservator Audit Accounting Program (CAAP). Michael is also a Past President of the MACM.
Brian Jones, Assistant First Judicial District Administrator, received the 2013 MACM Distinguished Service Award for his demonstrated leadership to the First Judicial District and the Minnesota Judicial Branch. He is the editor of the "First Edition," which is sent to justice partners and news media to keep them informed on the latest developments in the First Judicial District. Brian is the Co-Chair of the Communications Team for the Minnesota Judicial Branch eCourtMN initiative. He has provided valuable insight and guidance on the goals and expectations of the eCourtMN project. Brian has given presentations throughout the Minnesota courts on this initiative. He is also a facilitator for the National Center for State Courts, Institute for Court Management Technology course.
Carol Renn, Dakota County Court Administrator, received the MACM 2013 Coach/Mentor of the Year Award for her demonstrated outstanding mentoring, coaching, and development of her employees. Throughout Carol's career, she has volunteered her county to participate in many pilot projects in order to advance the Minnesota courts. For the last six years, she has led Dakota County through many pilots and initiatives including: Live in-court updating, Expedited Litigation Track, auto assess, imaging, MNCIS, Sessions Works and a paperless environment. Carol is a strong proponent of education and growth. She has a passion for mentoring and developing others by encouraging them to set goals and meet their potential. Carol always makes time to listen to her employees so they feel appreciated and heard.
Aaron Williamson, Supervisor, Hennepin County Court Administration, received the MACM 2013 Early Career Excellence Award for his achievement with outstanding leadership and knowledge in the field of court administration. Aaron has been an integral player in the implementation of the Fourth Judicial District Court eFile and eServe Unit. With little advance notice, he got to work planning, hiring, and putting together a training program. Aaron is a great problem solver and provides excellent customer service. He can de-escalate conflict and resolve issues quickly. Aaron currently serves as the First Vice President of MACM and chairs the Legislative and Outreach Committee. He always displays professionalism and is dedicated to any project he is working on.