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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Participate in a focus group on lawyer health and well-being; Supreme Judicial Court appoints chief information officer


Participate in a focus group on lawyer health and well-being

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being (Standing Committee) has engaged a Massachusetts-based team from NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC), an independent research institution, to conduct a needs assessment on lawyer well-being in Massachusetts. In March 2021, NORC will be conducting focus groups to inform the needs assessment. The focus groups will discuss the following topics: how participants prioritize and manage aspects of well-being, and barriers and facilitators to achieving well-being in their professional careers. The groups will also discuss participants’ recommendations for workplace and policy reforms to mitigate some of the barriers identified.
Focus groups will take 60 to 90 minutes and be conducted virtually using Zoom. Participants’ names and other identifiers will not be shared in any public-facing reports, or with the Standing Committee, or any other members of the Massachusetts bar, and will only be available to the NORC research team for purposes of this needs assessment. 
If you are interested in sharing your opinions on these topics, please sign up to participate by completing this form.


Supreme Judicial Court appoints chief information officer

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have announced the appointment of Steven Duncan as the judiciary’s new chief information officer effective April 1, 2021. In this role, Duncan, a technology professional with more than 20 years of experience, will oversee technology planning and implementation for the Massachusetts appellate and trial courts. Most recently, he served as the director of information technology for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

As Harvard Kennedy School’s director of information technology, Duncan helped shape the institution’s technology and capital investment strategies, while leading a transformation across critical digital infrastructure areas, including: enhanced information security programs, migration to cloud-based server infrastructure, and the expansion of internal and external digital communication channels. 

Duncan previously spent four years as the application development manager for the Kennedy School. From 1998 to 2008, he was a partner at the Software Consulting Alliance, which provided custom software solutions across a variety of industries and sectors.  

The Judiciary Information Services Department is focused on transitioning to an eCourt system, while overseeing a network that serves 6,300 judges and staff and 97 courthouses across the state. The current case management system handles approximately one million transactions daily. An IT bond bill filed for the courts would enable much-needed investment in systems, security and infrastructure.  

Duncan assumes the role of judiciary CIO following the retirement of Craig Burlingame.