Paul Embley is the CIO and Technology Division Director at the National Center for State Courts. He began his career in Silicon Valley working for the “who’s who” of high tech (along with several of the “who’s no longer”). After 25 years in the for-profit sector, Paul shifted to the public sector work on integrated justice. He has gleaned broad product lifecycle expertise from diverse and challenging projects in US states and territories, Australia, many EU nations, and several emerging democracies including Haiti and Nigeria. He has lead justice-related IT assessments and technology initiatives ranging from child welfare and terrorist watchlist to online dispute resolution. He continues to follow potential disrupters such as blockchain and machine learning/data science, looking for ways those disrupters might be used advantageously in courts and with justice partners. He is currently involved in international, national, and localized technology initiatives for criminal and civil justice with a special emphasis on disrupters including ODR.
Paul facilitates the Joint Technology Committee (JTC) of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and National Association of Court Management (NACM). The JTC has identified ODR as a high priority technology for courts. Through white papers and case studies, the JTC has been a key influencer, educating judges and court administrators, drawing attention to successes in fledgling ODR initiatives, and helping change the national conversation about access to justice. He oversees a significant grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts that directly assists US states with implementing and evaluating ODR. Paul also leads a group of vendors, academics, and technical experts working to develop ODR technical standards and metrics.
Through these and other ODR-focused initiatives, Paul has become one of the leading experts in US State Court utilization of ODR. He has participated in panels and delivered presentations at international ODR gatherings including Liverpool, London, Auckland, and Zagreb, as well as a variety of US technology conferences. He looks forward to the day when justice is accessible to more than just for 20% of the population.