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Kevin J. Bowling
Trial Court Administrator
Ottawa County Probate Court
Ottawa County, Michigan
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 2013 Star Award is Kevin J. Bowling from Michigan.
The Star Award is conferred upon an ICM Fellow who demonstrates excellence in the advancement of court administration through leadership and education. The recipient of the 2013 Star Award is Kevin J. Bowling from Michigan.
Kevin is currently the Trial Court Administrator and Attorney Referee for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court in Ottawa County, Michigan. His work in the judicial system spans 35 years with time spent as a court manager, attorney, judicial educator and court consultant, including service in western Africa as Deputy Chief of Party for the Nigeria Justice Sector Assistance Project. He has 20 years of service with the Michigan Supreme Court in a variety of positions, including State Judicial Educator and Regional Court Administrator.
A Past President of the National Association for Court Management, Kevin is an active advocate for court education and staff development. He serves as Co-Chair of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology
Committee, and is a member of the DOJ Global Advisory Committee and the ICM Advisory Council, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management and the National Association of State Judicial Educators. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ottawa County Bar Association, National Association for Court Management, National Association of State Judicial Educators, American Judicature Society, and Michigan Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20, as well
as a member and former Vice President of the Michigan Association of Circuit Court Administrators. Kevin is a trained mediator and serves on the Board of Directors for Mediation Services in Holland, Michigan and is a Faculty member of the National Judicial College.
The topic Kevin selected for his Fellows paper is Building Bench Strength: Succession Planning Readiness. His research is aimed at assessing a court’s readiness to create and implement a talent development/talent management program to meet the future workforce needs of the court.
Congratulations to Mr. Bowling, ICM’s winner of the 2013 Star Award.
“John Quincy Adams was once quoted as saying ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ It seems to me Adams was not only describing the attributes of an individual leader, but also the Institute for Court Management as a true leader in the field of Judicial Branch Education. ICM provides high quality educational opportunities for court professionals and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding faculty, eventually joining the ranks of ICM Fellows. It is truly humbling to be selected as recipient of the 2013 ICM Fellows Star Award and I thank you for this honor."
Previous Star Award Winners
2012 Howard H. Berchtold, Jr.
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