Volume 5, Issue 7 July 2014
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NCSC President Mary McQueen awarded ABA’s John Marshall Award
McQueen acknowledged for her positive impact on judicial system

NCSC President Mary Campbell McQueen has been awarded the 2014 John Marshall Award, presented by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Judicial Division, Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant national impact on the justice system. “Mary’s tireless efforts to improve the administration of justice have made the state courts more effective, efficient and accountable,” said Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican of Nebraska, Chair of NCSC's Board of Directors.  “We are proud of her for this award, and congratulate her for the well-deserved recognition.” McQueen will receive the award at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014.


NCSC releases Trends in State Courts 2014
Focus on juvenile justice, elder issues

What can courts do to ensure justice for the most vulnerable members of society—juveniles and the elderly—is the focus of the National Center for State Courts’ Trends in State Courts 2014, an annual publication dedicated to key trends that affect not only court operations, but society as a whole.  Other topics include improvement of jury service via technology, procedural fairness, and access to justice commissions.  A new section highlights accomplishments in each of the states.  A limited number of print copies of Trends 2014 is available from NCSC’s Knowledge and Information Services at 1-800-616-6164.  Trends can also be viewed online.

Judicial salaries trending upward
Latest data from Judicial Salary Tracker

The National Center for State Courts’ Judicial Salary Tracker indicates more states have increased the salaries of judges and state court administrators in 2013 when compared to 2012. This reveals a continuing upward trend since the recent recession. This trend, coupled with improving economic performance at the national and state levels, suggests a return to pre-recession annual increases of roughly 3 percent in the majority of states that have raised judicial salaries.

NCSC board member releases new book
Redeeming the Dream gives inside story of Prop. 8 ruling

NCSC Board Member Ted Olson and Attorney David Boies have released a new book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality—a riveting inside story of the Supreme Court’s Proposition 8 ruling. Redeeming the Dream tells the story of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that resulted in overturning California’s Proposition 8.  Olson and Boies guide readers through the legal framing of the case.  They clarify the principles of due process and equal protection in support of marriage equality, while explaining the basic human truths they set out to prove when the pair put state-sanctioned discrimination on trial. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality is available for purchase on 800ceoread, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

NCSC Reading Room
Photographic book takes readers through Georgia County Courthouses

A significant portion of the NCSC Library’s court administration collection includes titles on courthouse architecture and design.  NCSC also has several pictorial books, including the NCSC publication State Supreme Courts, that invite the reader through amazing photographs to discover the vast beauty of American courthouses.  A recent addition to the NCSC Library is another pictorial book, Georgia County Courthouses: The Architecture of Living Monuments by Rhett Turner.  Many other states have compiled similar photographic tributes to their state courthouses, including California, Michigan, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Virginia. These titles and others on courthouse architecture and design are available for check-out. Please contact Joan Cochet, NCSC Library Resource Manager, at jcochet@ncsc.org for details.