Lorri Montgomery
Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts

NCSC Selects Florida State Courts Administrator Elisabeth H. Goodner for Warren E. Burger Society

Williamsburg, Va. (Nov. 16, 2012) — Elisabeth H. Goodner, Florida State Courts Administrator, is being inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society during NCSC’s Annual Recognition Luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2012. The luncheon, held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., is being hosted by Delaware Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors.

The Warren E. Burger Society honors individuals who have volunteered their time, talent, and support to the National Center in exceptional ways. It is named for the former Chief Justice of the United States who helped found the NCSC in 1971.

Goodner is being honored for committing countless hours advocating for the budgetary needs of the Judicial Branch and overseeing the development of comprehensive emergency preparedness plans for the State of Florida.

Goodner was appointed State Courts Administrator in July 2003, and served as the Deputy State Court Administrator in the Office of the State Courts Administrator from 1993-2003.  She served as Chief of Personnel Services with the Office of the State Courts Administrator from 1990-1993. Prior to her judicial service, Goodner held a position as Assistant Personnel Director for the Florida Department of Corrections from 1984-90. She received the Palmer Award of Distinguished Excellence in Judicial Administration in June 2003.

Goodner received a bachelor’s in Government from Florida State University and became certified as a public manager also from Florida State University.

Burger Society inductees are selected by a committee chaired by Texas attorney Charles M. Noteboom, who commissioned a portrait of Chief Justice Burger that hangs in the National Center’s headquarters in Williamsburg, Va. Each inductee receives a limited edition of that portrait, which is signed and numbered by the artist, Fran Di Giacomo.

There are 1,986 prints of the portrait, the first two of which are owned by Chief Justice Burger’s children and the last of which was owned by the late U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who took his oath from the retiring Chief Justice Burger in 1986.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.


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