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Ronald J. Stupak, 1934 - 2018

NCSC celebrates the life of Ronald J. Stupak, Ph.D., educator, lecturer, and long-time supporter of the National Center for State Courts, who passed away Saturday, May 5, in San Ramon, California.  

Dr. Stupak built a career focused primarily on organizational leadership, teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; the University of Southern California; and Mount Vernon College, Washington, D.C. Through his work, he became closely involved with the National Center’s work in court administration. Dr. Stupak was inducted into NCSC’s Warren E. Burger Society in 1996, and served as an NCSC Distinguished Scholar in Residence from 1994 – 95.

NCSC President Mary McQueen said Dr. Stupak’s impact will be felt for years. “Ron changed so many lives and his wisdom continues to be passed forward.  I know he spoke into my life and I am a better leader, a better friend and a better person for knowing him.”

In 2000, Dr. Stupak talked about his commitment to NCSC: “I am a strong and loyal supporter of the National Center because on societal, organizational, and personal levels, the National Center stands for and is anchored in every basic value that I cherish, believe, and follow … the National Center has given me the opportunity to be interactively involved in the ongoing dialogue about the improvements needed in the leadership and management of the courts.” 

In 2010, Dr. Stupak served as moderator of the 4th National Symposium on Court Management, hosted by NCSC and held in Williamsburg, VA.

NCSC in the news

Judge's order says Alabama court 'literally had to beg for money' to pay staff

A study by the National Center for State Courts found the 13th Judicial Circuit’s clerk needs eight or nine more law clerks than she has, he notes. Richter says the state has acknowledged that the circuit also needs more judges, but it may only reallocate judgeships when an existing judge leaves office. Read the full story from the ABA Journal.

There's less precedent for regional judicial elections than lawmakers suggest

According to National Center for State Courts analyst William Raftery, there are actually 10 states in which appellate judges are tied to a district in some way, and they're not the same ones Aument named. Read the full story from WITF.


News releases

Court leaders gather in Indianapolis to discuss judicial branch’s response to opioid epidemic

State Court leaders from across the country are discussing the judicial branch’s response to the nation’s opioid crisis at a two-day meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., this week. Read the full press release.

Oregon educator named Sandra Day O’Connor Award recipient by the National Center for State Courts

Marilyn Cover, Executive Director of Oregon’s Classroom Law Project, has been named recipient of the 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full press release.