Volume 5, Issue 5 March 2014
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Judicial Salary Tracker updated and iPad friendly
Compare and customize judicial salaries online

NCSC’s Judicial Salary Tracker has been updated to make it more user-friendly and to include information from the most recently released Survey of Judicial Salaries. In addition, the Judicial Salary Tracker is now  iPad ready. The Judicial Salary Tracker is an online tool that allows users to compare real and inflation-adjusted salaries over the last decade; customize charts to compare cost-of-living-adjusted salaries across states; organize tables by rank and salaries; and get the latest salaries for all judicial officer positions for each state. The Survey of Judicial Salaries serves as the primary record of compensation for state judicial officers and state court administrators.

Registration open for e-Courts 2014
Register to win a free suite at Red Rock Resort

 Registration is now open and planning is underway for e-Courts 2014, December 8-10 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Attending e-Courts is no gamble—register and you’re sure to gain valuable information to improve your court’s operations. But, for those of you who feel lucky, NCSC is entering everyone who registers by April 15 into a drawing for a chance to win a free suite at the Red Rock Resort for the duration of e-Courts. The strength and relevance of e-Courts’ education program and its unsurpassed exhibit show are what draws attendees to e-Courts. That hasn’t changed. But e-Courts 2014 will have a new look and a refreshed conference format—including a dynamic keynote speaker, more opportunities to network, and more time to spend with exhibitors.

AJA releases online course on domestic violence
Educates judges about important domestic-violence-related issues

The American Judges Association has released a comprehensive, online domestic violence education program for judges. This innovative learning tool was developed with the assistance of Futures Without Violence and the National Center for State Courts. “Effective Adjudication of Domestic Abuse Cases” features some of the nation's most prominent domestic violence experts, who explore the unique dynamics of domestic violence, including assessing lethality and dangerousness, custody and protective orders, special evidentiary issues, and effective sentencing. The course is free and was generously funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Nominations now open for William H. Rehnquist Award
for Judicial Excellence

Submission deadline: June 13, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Deadline for nominations is Friday, June 13. The Rehnquist Award is one of the nation’s highest judicial honors and is presented annually by NCSC. The award
recognizes a state court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, sound judgment, intellectual courage, and decisiveness. The recipient is recognized during an awards ceremony held at the U.S. Supreme Court, hosted by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. Last year’s honoree was Judge Jimmie Edwards of St. Louis, Missouri, pictured here with Chief Justice Roberts. Nominations may be submitted to: Stacey Smith, NCSC, 300 Newport Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185.

NCSC announces winners of Distinguished Service Awards
Awards given to six levels of court leadership

The National Center for State Courts recently announced its recipients for the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards: Florida Court Administrator Matthew L. Benefiel; Rhode Island Judge Edward C. Clifton; Ohio Director of Public Information Chris Davey; California Appeal Court Judge Ronald B. Robie; Chief Judge of Borno, Nigeria Kashim Zannah; and Access to Justice Consultant Richard Zorza. Benefiel is being recognized for assisting NCSC with the development of court, state, and national models for virtual remote interpreting. Judge Clifton, president of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, is being recognized for his work in this area. Davey is being honored for his work to inform the national court community about how the changing media—and new media—are affecting the courts. Judge Robie is a former member of the NCSC Board of Directors and has been actively involved in improvement efforts in education and access to justice. Chief Judge Zannah is being recognized for implementing a new national case management system and improving courtroom technology in Nigeria. Zorza is recognized for his long-time commitment to access-to-justice issues, especially in the area of self-represented litigants. NCSC bestows six Distinguished Service Awards annually to six levels of leadership in the justice system: state appellate judge, state trial judge, state-level court administrator or employee, trial-level court administrator or employee, attorney or other individual not employed by the courts, and an international court leader.

NCSC reading room
Criminal justice innovations & adoption data

New to the NCSC Library is Reducing Crime, Reducing Incarceration: Essays on Criminal Justice Innovation (2014), edited by Greg Berman. This collection of essays “describes a set of criminal justice reforms that seek to engage with the public in new ways, to make greater use of alternatives to incarceration, and to use data to measure impact. These new ideas include community courts, drug courts, mental health courts, and other examples of problem-solving justice.” This title is not available electronically, but it can be checked out through the NCSC Library. For this title and many other titles on criminal justice, please contact Joan Cochet, library resource manager.

Deborah Smith of NCSC’s Knowledge and Information Services asks “Who Cares About Adoption Data? We Do” in this month’s online Trends in State Courts article. She explains the importance of nationwide data in confronting complex public-policy issues related to adoption.