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Former ABA President William T. Robinson III Passes Away
NCSC mourns the loss of a colleague, friend, and champion for state courts. William T. (Bill) Robinson III passed away May 9, 2017, after a courageous and inspiring battle with cancer. Bill, the member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd LLC Kentucky offices in Florence, Ky., served as the 125th President of the American Bar Association from 2011 to 2012. Many of his volunteer activities were focused on the preservation of the justice system. He was a particularly passionate advocate for adequate funding of the state courts, a cause which he placed at the center of his ABA presidency. In 2012 he was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for his substantial contribution to the work of the National Center for State Courts; he was also a member of NCSC’s Lawyers Committee.
NCSC President Mary C. McQueen said Bill’s loss will be felt personally and professionally by many. “Bill taught us to make the most of every day -- to value our friends, love our families and champion justice for all. He will always be part of us -- he will continue to encourage us to be better than we are.”
Fifth Annual Conference of Council of Language Access Coordinators
May 21 – 24
Nearly 75 participants from across the country are attending this year’s Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC) Conference being held this week at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, D.C.
The annual conference brings together language access and court interpreting program managers, and other court professionals. This year’s them is “Engaging Communities to Advance Language Access.” D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby will make opening remarks, along with members of the Language Access Advisory Committee, and former Chief Judge Eric T. Washington is delivering the keynote speech. The program includes sessions on topics such as video remote interpreting, strategic planning for language access, educating judges and court staff, working with Language Access Advisory Committees, and networking with Community-Based Legal Organizations. For further information on the event and program, please visit our CLAC Conference webpage.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will be a partner with the Delaware Courts as a part of the 36-month project to establish best practices and develop tools to allow individual courts to assess their compliance with the new standards. The information generated by this program should help develop baseline information for further efforts to improve the functioning of these courts and provide a standard for other court systems to use in the future. Read more.
Wages for court-related job classifications are below market in all categories, with employees – including judges – making 4.6 percent to 22.2 percent less than their counterparts in other states and the District of Columbia, according to a study from the National Center for State Courts commissioned by the Kansas Judicial Branch. Read more.
Six state court chief justices recently signed a charter in support of the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (RJOI), which has developed an action plan with strategies to combat the growing opioid epidemic. The RJOI’s founding states include Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. America’s opioid epidemic is a nationwide problem, but the impact in this region has been particularly significant, especially in towns and counties along state borders. Read the full press release.
Sherry Stwalley, director of Court Services for the Colorado Judicial Branch, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) 2016 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. Read the full press release.