The Minnesota Association for Court Management (MACM) Awards for 2008 were presented at the organization's annual conference in May 2008.
Award recipients were:
Innovation: Dean Maus, Probate and Mental Health Manager, Ramsey County
Maus served as project manager for a technology project entitled "Probate Conservator Filings On Line." The program is Internet-based and allows conservators to complete and file inventory and subsequent annual accounts electronically. The program collects the information and stores it in a data base. This program is first of its kind and has received national attention.
Group Excellence: LEP Translation Project Team, Hennepin County
The LEP Translation Project Team was formed in March of 2006. What began as a small LEP initiative undertaken by the Scheduling and Interpreting Division of Hennepin County District Court grew into an ambitious and collaborative project between Counties and State Court Administration. Working together, the team identified a list of court forms and informational brochures to be translated into the top three languages of Minnesota's immigrant population: Hmong, Somali and Spanish. The team also partnered with the judiciary on the script and video production of a video addressing a defendant's rights in petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases, as well as the dubbing of a Conciliation Court video into Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
Team Participants: Leah Wermerskirchen, Sebastian Mesa, Deb Carpenter, Pamela Kilpela, Judge H. Richard Hopper, Bridget Gernander, Katrin Johnson, Kimberly Larson and Hal Sillers
Distinguished Service: Judy Besemer, Blue Earth County Court Administrator
Judy has been a leader in the courts and has served on numerous committees and boards in an effort to make the voices of the courts heard. She was a leader in MNCIS and TCIS implementation and diligently worked to get improvements to the systems implemented. Judy has dedicated her career to the advancement of the judicial system by stepping up when a volunteer was needed; sharing her vast knowledge; stating her opinion and listening to others; and leading her staff and others into new areas without hesitation, but with wisdom and patience.