Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Wakeman Participates in Caseload Management Program

Elizabeth Felt Wakeman has been invited to participate in a caseload management analysis for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Liz Wakeman is a partner in Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois.

A January 18, 2012, caseload management workshop took place under the direction of the National Center for State Courts and in conjunction with the National Judicial College. All of the judges, a large number of court staff, and selected local bar association members participated in the daylong program. It included educational sessions prior to the workshop and follow-up surveys and input after the workshop.

The day resulted in a list of goals. The 22nd Judicial Circuit administrator and his staff will now process the information in order to launch some measures. The steps are intended to reduce the time required to get a case to a judge for resolution, to increase the potential for settlement early in the process, to reduce the time spent in court without results, and to expedite the issues that involve litigant safety and security.

“It has been both an honor and an education to participate in this program,” says Wakeman. “It is clear that the 22nd Judicial Circuit is doing many things very well, and that there is a clear demarcation of the areas where improvement is possible.”