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iPad Technology

Uses and Applications for a Modern Judiciary

A two part video of the iPad Technology and the Modern Judiciary presentation as delivered by Rory Perry and Blake Hawthorne, as well as biographical information about both speakers.

Part 1
Part 2
Presenter Biographies

Blake HawthorneBlake Hawthorne is the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Supreme Court of Texas appointed Blake to a four-year term as the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas on August 1, 2006. The Court reappointed him to a second term beginning on August 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment to Clerk of the Court, Blake served the Court as the Staff Attorney for Original Proceedings. Before joining the Court, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and an associate in the law firms of Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. and Jackson Walker in Fort Worth, Texas.

Blake graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University with a degree in Anthropology and Spanish in 1992. The faculty of the Anthropology Department awarded him the Robert Wauchope Award as the most outstanding graduate that year. While a student at Tulane, he spend his junior year abroad studying at La Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Blake graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. He is Board Certified - Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Blake is a member of the Judicial Committee on information Technology (JCIT) and serves as the Co-Chair of the Electronic Filing Subcommittee. He is also Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Texas Appeals Management and E-Filing System (TAMES). And he is a member of the Executive Board of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC). He serves as Secretary for the Austin Bar Association Appellate Section.

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Rory PerryRory L. Perry was appointed Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in July 2000 after serving as Deputy Clerk. He is the thirteenth person to hold that office since the state was founded. During his time with the Court, he has served with eleven Justices and observed thousands of oral arguments before the Court. He's a graduate of Marshall University and the West Virginia College of Law. During his tenure as Clerk, he has been responsible for implementing and updated case management system, organizing the webcast of court proceedings, and producing new ways of delivering court information on the internet. He is a member of the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council and the Hi-Y Youth Government Board. He is an active member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, which is a national organization that includes the clerks of state and federal courts. He will serve as President of NCACC beginning in August 2012.