VOLUME 9, ISSUE 2 | FEBRUARY 2018
National Task Force releases Principles on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices
Learn how courts can help strengthen families
Recognizing innovation in civics education
Nominations are now being accepted for the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. NCSC established this award to honor an organization, court, or individual who has significantly advanced civics education about the courts. Nominations may be submitted by members of the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, or members of the NCSC Board of Directors. You may solicit nominations from others in the court community, but each nomination must be submitted with the approval of a member of CCJ, COSCA, or the NCSC Board. To make a nomination, please include a letter detailing the person’s or organization’s civics education accomplishments, a description of the civics program, and at least two letters of reference. All nominations are due to the NCSC by March 16, 2018. The following criteria can be helpful when considering a candidate for nomination:
Judicial Salary Tracker shows increases in 29 states & D.C.
Registration open for jury management workshop
10 questions with Margaret Allen
At NCSC, we’re proud of the research we do, the advice we give, and the education we provide to our colleagues in the courts. And we’re proud of the people who do that work.
Margaret Allen works as director of National Programs at the National Center’s Institute for Court Management (ICM). Like a lot of people at NCSC, Margaret’s journey here is the result of what she calls “a long and winding road.” After she graduated from college, she worked at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then as a corporate concierge for Fidelity Investments in Boston. Which led to a decision to return to Columbus, her hometown. Which led to a temporary job at the Ohio Supreme Court. Which led to a full-time job there under John Meeks, who is now NCSC vice president of ICM.
NCSC reading room
The impact of court-imposed fines and fees on the lives of the impoverished is the subject of A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor. Alexes Harris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington, analyzes the rise of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system to examine how they affect the lives of the poorest Americans. This book is part of the Russell Sage Foundation’s Rose Series in Sociology and is available from NCSC’s Library.
How can states better support judicial professional development? This month’s Trends in State Courts article explores this question and discusses the Elements of Judicial Excellence Framework.
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