VOLUME 6, ISSUE 8 | AUGUST 2015
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Judge committed to helping the mentally ill named recipient of William H. Rehnquist Award
A Florida judge who has changed the way courts handle cases involving people with mental illnesses has been named recipient of NCSC’s William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court-Criminal Division, is being recognized for his groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses who are either in the criminal justice system or at-risk of incarceration. One of the nation’s highest judicial honors, the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. will present the award to Judge Leifman during a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on November 19.
CTC plenary sessions focus on innovation and hands-on tech
NCSC’s Court Technology Conference (CTC 2015) takes over the Minneapolis Convention Center September 22-24. In addition to six themed education tracks, this year’s conference features three dynamic plenary sessions. The conference opens Tuesday morning with a presentation from Mark Britton, Founder and CEO of Avvo. Britton's keynote will address "The Innovation Imperative." Wednesday morning will begin with a high-energy Midnote session on Tech Tips, featuring hands-on information every court professional can use. The conference will conclude Thursday afternoon with an Endnote delivered by Laurie Dudgeon and Heather Pettit. Dudgeon serves as the Director of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, while Pettit serves as Chief Information Officer for the Contra Costa (California) Superior Court. Together they will pull three days worth of content into a summary form and provide attendees with several “Aha!” moments that tie together the highlights of CTC 2015. Register for CTC before August 31 to secure the best available rate.
NCSC accepting nominations for Burger Award
The National Center for State Courts is accepting nominations for the Warren E. Burger Award, the highest award recognizing a court administrator who has significantly contributed to improving the administration of the state courts. Service may be at the local, state, or national level. This prestigious award honors an individual who demonstrates professional expertise, leadership, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and sound judgment. Nominations are due no later than Friday, October 16, 2015.
How are courts using VAWA funds?
NCSC released a new report last week that describes how state courts are accessing and using Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds that are devoted to court reform. The report notes that all but four states and territories now have a designated Violence Against Women point of contact in their state court office. This is a significant change since 2003, when fewer than half of all states/territories had such a designated position. Researchers also found that STOP funds are most often used to support judicial and court staff training about domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. More information can be found at www.vawaandcourts.org.
New leadership named for NCSC Board of Directors
NCSC has announced its new leadership for 2015-2016. South Dakota Chief Justice David Gilbertson, the new president of the Conference of Chief Justices, has been named chair of the NCSC Board of Directors. Delaware State Court Administrator Patricia Griffin, new president of the Conference of State Court Administrators, has been named vice-chair of NCSC’s Board. They assumed their new positions during NCSC’s Board of Directors meeting and the CCJ/COSCA Annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in late July.
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