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Ronald J. Stupak, 1934 - 2018

NCSC celebrates the life of Ronald J. Stupak, Ph.D., educator, lecturer, and long-time supporter of the National Center for State Courts, who passed away Saturday, May 5, in San Ramon, California.  

Dr. Stupak built a career focused primarily on organizational leadership, teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; the University of Southern California; and Mount Vernon College, Washington, D.C. Through his work, he became closely involved with the National Center’s work in court administration. Dr. Stupak was inducted into NCSC’s Warren E. Burger Society in 1996, and served as an NCSC Distinguished Scholar in Residence from 1994 – 95.

NCSC President Mary McQueen said Dr. Stupak’s impact will be felt for years. “Ron changed so many lives and his wisdom continues to be passed forward.  I know he spoke into my life and I am a better leader, a better friend and a better person for knowing him.”

In 2000, Dr. Stupak talked about his commitment to NCSC: “I am a strong and loyal supporter of the National Center because on societal, organizational, and personal levels, the National Center stands for and is anchored in every basic value that I cherish, believe, and follow … the National Center has given me the opportunity to be interactively involved in the ongoing dialogue about the improvements needed in the leadership and management of the courts.” 

In 2010, Dr. Stupak served as moderator of the 4th National Symposium on Court Management, hosted by NCSC and held in Williamsburg, VA.

NCSC in the news

Senate Budget Vote Could Fund Medicaid Expansion, Vacant Loudoun Judgeship

Last year, a report by the National Center for State Courts concluded that Virginia needed 28 more judges in its Circuit, District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts—including one in the 20th Circuit that serves Loudoun. Read the full story from LoudounNow. 

Henrico drug court reaches milestone at graduation

Those who have completed a drug court program are less likely to re-offend than someone who went through the regular criminal justice program, according to a 2012 report by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story from


News releases

Oregon educator named Sandra Day O’Connor Award recipient by the National Center for State Courts

Marilyn Cover, Executive Director of Oregon’s Classroom Law Project, has been named recipient of the 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full press release.

Minnesota Court Official Kay Pedretti honored with 2017 NCSC Distinguished Service Award

Kay Pedretti, director of court services at the Minnesota Judicial Branch, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' 2017 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization. Read the full press release.