Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court receives 2014 Munsterman Award
Jon A. Gegenheimer recognized for modernizing court system
The National Center for State Courts has selected Jon A. Gegenheimer, Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court in Gretna, Louisiana, as the recipient of the 2014 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. Gegenheimer assisted Jefferson Parish to successfully achieve numerous improvements in jury operations, including online jury service rescheduling, mobile application, and online exemption. "The National Center for State Courts was impressed by Jon Gegenheimer’s accomplishments," remarked Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the NCSC Center for Jury Studies. "Gegenheimer instituted several initiatives over a short period of time. He was able to reduce jury administration costs while at the same time provide exceptional customer service to jurors." The Munsterman Award recognizes states, local courts, organizations, or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations, and practices.
Gavel to Gavel hosting election night coverage
Results to be revealed online
In the upcoming November elections, ballots in nine states will have ten court-related items, ranging from mandatory retirement ages to selection methods for appellate judges to the creation of an intermediate appellate court. To help learn the potential impact each issue carries, NCSC’s Gavel to Gavel has been conducting a weekly countdown, featuring one ballot item per week through election day, November 4. In addition, Gavel to Gavel editor Bill Raftery will be hosting live coverage of the election night results for the ballot items, as well as the state supreme court races being held that evening.
NCSC Reading Room
Legal self-help, judicial salaries
In August 2014, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services published “The Self-Help Center Census: A National Survey.” This report “provides a window into the structure and operation of self-help centers around the United States, with details on staffing, funding, types of services that are provided and the nature of the centers’ customers.” Another related title is a white paper from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Special Committee on Access to Justice: “Law Libraries and Access to Justice” (2014). In his introduction, AALL Past President Steven Anderson stated that as the primary providers of legal information, “law libraries are an indispensable part of the services that can be provided to those with legal needs. Law libraries make ‘The Law’ available, and law librarians serve as guides to finding the most relevant legal information.” This white paper illustrates how many different types of law libraries offer legal assistance and resources while promoting access to justice for all citizens.
Salary is often cited as an important factor in attracting and keeping well-qualified judges. This month’s Trends in State Courts article examines the challenges over how to determine judicial compensation in the face of budget cuts and constitutional questions.