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If you couldn’t attend NCSC’s 2018 Fall Events, here’s some of what you missed…

…Michigan district court Judge Elizabeth Hines, who is well known for her work with domestic violence cases, received the 2018 William H. Rehnquist Award, arguably the greatest honor a state court judge can receive. At the awards dinner, Judge Hines was praised for treating everyone in her court with dignity and fairness.

…At a “Conversation with the Chief Justices,” the chiefs discussed the recent attacks on judicial independence. “The issue of judicial independence being undermined is something we really need a lot of help with,” Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady told an audience of lawyers. Man of the lawyers said they need to help educate the public about the role of the judiciary and publicly defend judges when they are attacked. 

Read the full list of events.

NCSC in the news

Pay for court-appointed lawyers remains stagnant

The National Center for State Courts completed a state-by-state court comparison in 2013 that showed North Carolina had decreased court funding 1 to 4 percent in the past couple of years while a majority of other state budgets remained the same or increased. Read the full story from the Smoky Mountain News.

3 trial court judges discuss the some of the hardest cases of their career

Gregory E. Mize is a a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and is a judicial fellow at the National Center for State Courts and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Washington, D.C. Read the full story from ABA Journal.


News releases

Long-time Exxon Mobil lawyer inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

Long-time New York chief judge inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, a reformer who served at all levels of the New York State Court System for more than four decades,  is being inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society. Read the full press release.