2014 Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Court Administration Recipient

Burger Award Information

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Arthur W. Pepin

Arthur W. Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in New Mexico, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Warren E. Burger Award, one of the highest awards presented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Named for the late Chief Justice of the United States, the Warren E. Burger award honors a state court system administrative official who demonstrates professional expertise, leadership, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and sound judgment.

“Artie Pepin has the vision and the dedication of a true leader. He continually takes innovative and decisive steps to improve the operation of the New Mexico courts. His accomplishments in New Mexico have made him a role model among state courts nationally,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen.


As Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Pepin has led New Mexico’s courts through several key phases including:

  • Successfully navigating the judiciary through the economic recession
  • Expanding language access at all court levels
  • Leading a multi-agency effort to reduce jail overcrowding in the largest judicial district in New Mexico
  • Implementing a statewide electronic case management and e-filing system that has changed the way courts manage and process cases in New Mexico.

New Mexico Chief Justice Barbara J. Vigil praises Pepin’s efforts in language access. “With Artie’s vision and leadership, New Mexico courts have implemented the most robust and innovative language access program in the country.” The New Mexico Language Access Center addresses the needs of non-English speaking individuals and those with limited English proficiency by providing online training programs and offering consulting training services for state courts.

Pepin also assisted with the implementation of the state’s new technology infrastructure. New Mexico’s electronic case management and e-filling system helps judges obtain easy access to case information and allows attorneys to propose orders electronically.

Pepin has served as Director of the New Mexico AOC since 2006. He has been an active member of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) since 2006, and served on COSCA’s Board of Directors since 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Review Commission.