Lawyers Committee


The Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts provides an opportunity for the leaders of the nation’s preeminent law firms to partner with the NCSC in building public understanding of the need for a strong and independent judiciary. Members participate in dialogues with state chief justices and state court leaders on judicial reform issues, and provide valuable input on NCSC activities in a range of areas from jury reform to judicial independence.



  • Serve as advocates for the fair and timely resolution of disputes through stable, effective, and efficient state courts.
  • Collaborate with state chief justices and corporate general counsel to debate issues and recommend solution.
  • Promote the rule of law and champion the importance of good government.

Members of the Lawyers Committee make a leadership annual contribution to NCSC. The generosity and valuable participation of the Lawyers Committee members is deeply appreciated by the leadership of the National Center for State Courts.  To learn how your firm can become a member, please email Francie Teer or call her at (757) 259-1858. 

Leadership and Service

Chairs of the Lawyers Committee are selected from among the current membership for three year terms.  The committee is currently co-chaired by Donna M. Melby of Paul Hastings and Todd A. Smith of Power Rogers & Smith.  The Membership Chair is Edward W. Mullins, Jr. of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. 

The Committee meets annually in Washington, D.C. as part of a suite of events including the William H. Rehnquist Award Reception & Dinner at the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Judicial Excellence Events are scheduled for November 17 & 18, 2016.

Member Firms

Michael F. Kinney 
Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas
James B. Kobak Jr.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

    Allen Allen Allen & Allen

    Arnold & Porter

    Atlas Hall & Rodriguez

    Ballard Spahr

    Barnes & Thornburg

    Baron & Budd

    Barrett & Gilman

    Barton Law Firm

    Beck Redden

    Bekman, Marder & Adkins

    Briggs & Morgan

    Butler Snow

    Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy

    Cannon & Dunphy

    Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

    Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas

    Center for Constitutional Litigation

    Christensen Law

    Christian & Barton

    Comerford & Britt

    Cravath Swaine & Moore

    Dalton & Associates

    Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Dickie McCamey & Chilcote

    Duane Morris 

    Esdaile Barrett Jacobs & Mone

    Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso

    Frost Brown Todd

    Gallivan White & Boyd

    Gary K. Smith Law Firm

    Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore

    Gibbs Law Group

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher


    Gravel & Shea

    Gray Ritter & Graham

    Greenberg Traurig

    Hansen McClintock & Riley

    Hare Wynn Newell & Newton

    Hite Fanning & Honeyman

    Hood Law Firm

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed 

    Hunton & Williams

    Ice Miller

    Janet Jenner & Suggs

    Johnson & Bell

    Jones Walker

    Kelley Drye & Warren

    King & Spalding

    Kirkland & Ellis

    Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

    Kramer Sopko & Levenstein

    Kutak Rock

    Lane Powell

    Leader & Berkon

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

    Lightfoot Franklin & White

    Lowenstein Sandler

    Mandell Schwartz & Boisclair

    McCarter & English

    McDermott & McDermott


    McLane Middleton

    McNicholas & McNicholas

    Meyers & Flowers

    Michael Maguire & Associates

    Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone


    Morrison Mahoney

    Munger Tolles & Olson

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

    Nexsen Pruet

    Noteboom - The Law Firm

    Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe

    Osborn Maledon

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler

    Paul Hastings

    Pepper Hamilton

    Pierce Atwood

    Potter Anderson & Corroon

    Power Rogers & Smith

    Quarles & Brady

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

    Reed Smith

    Riccolo Semelroth & Henningsen

    Robins Kaplan

    Robinson & Cole

    Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis

    Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell

    Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

    Shook Hardy & Bacon

    Sidley Austin

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Sullivan & Cromwell

    The Law Office of Robert H. Alexander, Jr.

    The Segal Law Firm

    Thompson & Knight


    Vinson & Elkins

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

    Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger

    Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

    Wicker Smith

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

    Wright Lindsey & Jennings