Richard Schauffler, Director of Research Services, joined the NCSC in October 2003. At the NCSC, he directs the Court Statistics Project, which collects and analyzes state court data to develop a national perspective on the work of the state courts. He is also project director for State Court Organization, the key reference work on state courts, to be published online in Fall 2012. In addition, he directs the National Instant Criminal Background Check System State Records Estimates Development and Validation Project.
The Court Statistics Project has developed the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, which provides a framework for comparisons of state court data. He also works on the CourTools project, working to develop and assist states and courts to implement performance measures. His third area of concentration is workload assessment projects for judges, clerks, staff, and public defenders.
Previously, he served as Assistant Division Director at the California Administrative Office of the Courts, where he was responsible for statewide policy research and judicial branch strategic planning. Prior to his work at the California AOC, he was a private investigator in complex civil litigation cases throughout the western U.S.
Mr. Schauffler holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Criminology, University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.