The ICM Fellow Star Award



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Howard H. Berchtold, Jr.
Trial Court Administrator 
Superior Court of NJ
Atlantic and Cape May Counties 

Each year, the Star Award is conferred on an ICM Fellow who demonstrates excellence in the advancement of court administration through leadership and education.  The Institute for Court Management accepts nominations for the Star Award from ICM Fellows. The Award winner is announced at a Fellows reception typically held at the annual conference of the National Association for Court Management.  The recipient of the 2012 Star Award is Howard H. Berchtold, Jr. from New Jersey.

In March of 2006, Howard assumed his role as the Trial Court Administrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic and Cape May Counties, overseeing a judicial district of both limited and general jurisdiction with 42 judges and 600 plus staff members.  Howard has served the courts in this jurisdiction for 32 years, holding various management positions. A firm supporter of continuous learning, Howard holds a BA in Criminal Justice, numerous certifications, and is a member of the ICM Fellows Class of 1986. 

Howard is a passionate champion for court education and staff development.  He is an advocate for Fellows, certified ICM faculty for caseflow management, and a member of the ICM Advisory Council.  An active member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management since its inception, Howard is a former President of MAACM.  At home in New Jersey, Howard has served on a variety of statewide committees, including service as the current chair of New Jersey’s Education and Training Committee, and co-chair of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness.  He is former faculty of Widener University Law Center and sits on the Advisory Board for Criminal Justice Graduate Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Howard lectures throughout the country on case management and ethics in limited and general jurisdiction courts.

The topic Howard selected for his Fellows paper is Intermunicipal Courts:  A Common Choice?, a research analysis of the statute at that time permitting two or more municipalities to enter into an agreement creating an intermunicipal (joint) court.  A new intermunicipal court was created as a result of the project.

Congratulations to Mr. Berchtold, ICM’s winner of the 2012 Star Award.

“Justice is the bedrock of this incredible work that we do.  Our challenges and mandate as court managers is to anticipate and implement whatever is necessary to ensure equal access to justice.  I was so fortunate to experience ICM and the Fellows program in the early stages of my career.  Clearly, it has been the foundation of my career.  And, of course, much of that foundation, my mantra, if you will, is that the principles of case management are absolutely essential to the success of our courts.  Thank you so very much for this honor."


Previous Star Award Winners

2011 Patricia Duggan
2010 Don Jacobson
2009 Bob Zastany
2008 Chris Crawford
2007 Collins E. Ijoma
2006 Pamela Ryder-Lahey
2005 D. J. Hanson
2004 Sue Dosal and Gordy Griller
2003 Donald Cullen
2002 Janet G. Cornell
2001 Carl Baar and Geoff Gallas
2000 Mary M. Brittain
1999 Daniel H. Straub