With her background in legal administration and technical implementations, Melanie Oberlander brings a unique point of view to the IT committee. Melanie’s 11-year tenure at King County Department of Public Defense SCRAP Division has given her deep insights into the day-to-day operations that keep public defense organizations running behind the scenes, including staff development, transcription, business processes, statistical analysis and case management. Most recently, Melanie has served as a subject matter expert in the evaluation, adoption and deployment of LegalFiles, King County’s new digital case management system, to ensure single-source access to case documentation and increase the accuracy and completeness of all case-related files. Combining her technical expertise of the LegalFiles platform with her insider knowledge of the people and processes of public defense, Melanie has led in the development of strategic roll-out plans, technical documentation and training modules tailored to fit the specific needs and priorities of SCRAP. Under this leadership, Legal Files has grown from a single-office implementation to become the county’s chosen provider for its integrated case management system. Melanie looks forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned from these experiences to her role as Co-Chair on the NAPD IT team.