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NCSC announces Joan Cochet scholarship

NCSC is pleased to announce the creation of the Joan K. Cochet ICM Scholarship, which provides assistance to court personnel who want to become ICM Fellows. We encourage your support for the scholarship fund, named for NCSC’s late librarian. To donate, please select "ICM Scholarship Fund - in memory of Joan Cochet" from the drop down menu. Thank you.

NCSC in the news

Plan review for Kingman courthouse Tuesday

Mohave County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors will look at the completed report on construction of a new courthouse during its regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. Supervisors were presented with a plan in December from the National Center for State Courts that would preserve the historic Mohave County Courthouse and expand it to 89,000 square feet with seven courtrooms. Read the full story in the Daily Miner.

Kansas City seeks applicants for municipal judge vacancy

The Kansas City Council plans to fill the municipal judge vacancy left by Michael McAdam’s retirement late last year. Mayor Sly James previously had said he hoped to delay a decision on filling the vacancy until later this month, when the city expected to get a preliminary report from the National Center for State Courts on the Municipal Court’s docket and ways to operate the court more efficiently. Read the full article in the Kansas City Star.


News releases

Colorado civics education program named recipient of Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Advancement of Civics Education

Judicially Speaking, a Colorado-based civics education program, has been named recipient of the 2015 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The award honors an organization, court, or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system. Details of the awards presentation have not been finalized. Read the full press release.

New Mexico AOC Director named 2014 Warren E. Burger Award recipient

Arthur W. Pepin, Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in New Mexico, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Warren E. Burger Award, one of the highest awards presented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Named for the late Chief Justice of the United States, the Warren E. Burger award honors a state court system administrative official who demonstrates professional expertise, leadership, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and sound judgment. Read the full press release.