About the award
The William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence is one of our nation’s highest judicial honors. Presented annually by the National Center for State Courts, this prestigious award honors a state court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, creativity, sound judgment, intellectual courage, and decisiveness. The William H. Rehnquist Award honors judges who are taking bold steps to address a variety of issues affecting their communities.
In the fall of each year, the judge receiving this distinguished honor is recognized during an award ceremony held at the U.S. Supreme Court. The award highlights the judge’s work to provide model programs for court systems throughout the United States. Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr., will present the award during an evening dinner ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the United States Supreme Court.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
The following information must accompany each nomination:
2017 nominations must be submitted by June 16, 2017. The Governance and Nominations Committee of the NCSC Board of Directors serves as the selection committee for this award with the advice and consent of the Chief Justice of the United States. An award winner will be selected by August 29.
Please submit nominations to:
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, Va. 23185-4147
Nominations must be received by Friday, June 16, 2017