Admission - ICM Fellows Program



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Individuals who wish to become an ICM Fellow must complete an admissions process. The application deadline for admission to the class of 2016, which will begin its work in January of 2015, has been extended to October 31, 2014. Submissions are reviewed by a screening committee, with formal invitations extended to the selected candidates.

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Admission Process Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed ICM Fellows Program application form
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue an ICM Fellowship, as well as his or her current duties, responsibilities, and career goals
  • A résumé (two-page maximum) that demonstrates work experience and academic achievement
  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor or presiding judge that clearly indicates the applicant’s ability to commit to the time and cost of the ICM Fellows Program
  • A writing sample of no more than 2,000 words on a public policy question selected by the Dean. The essay may follow any standard style format but should be typed and double-spaced.
Applicants for the Class of 2016 should review following statement and respond to the question posed below:  The Trial Court Performance Standards note regarding “Independence and Accountability” that, courts must both control their proper functions and demonstrate respect for their coequal partners in government….Because judicial independence protects individuals from the arbitrary use of government power and ensures the rule of law, it defines court management and legitimates its claim for respect. A trial court possessing institutional independence and accountability protects judges from unwarranted pressures….Independence is not likely to be achieved if the trial court is unwilling or unable to manage itself.”  (Trial Court Performance Standards, BJA, 1997, p.17).  

Essay Question:  What is the proper role and responsibility of court management in achieving this balance?


Applicants interested in pursuing the ICM Fellows certification may submit completed applications for consideration for admission to the ICM Fellows Program by providing the above materials to:


Amy McDowell
Education Program Manager
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185