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NCSC exec delivers dispute resolution speech at ABA meeting

NCSC Executive Vice President Mike Buenger, in a speech this month titled Rethinking the Delivery of Justice in a Self-Service Society, told those at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section spring meeting to focus on establishing justice, one of the objectives of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

In order to do that, he said the courts and the legal community must understand the needs of the people who use the courts.

“What I suggest this morning is that we need to transition our language, or programs, and our systems away from notions of ‘alternative’ dispute resolution and toward a more encompassing and holistic notion of dispute resolution services offered by the courts,” Buenger said. “A menu of options, if you will, not defined in terms of alternatives but defined by litigant needs.”

NCSC in the news

New Mexico to study letting non-lawyers give legal help

A 2017 study by the American Bar Association and the National Center for State Courts determined that legal technicians in Washington "are adequately trained for the work they're doing." The study also said the program is "effective at providing inexpensive legal help to people of modest means." Read the full story from Las Cruces Sun News.

State judges seek pay raises

Citing the 2019 National Center for State Courts report on judicial salaries, Kemp said the pay scale for Arkansas' associate justices ranks 26th among state supreme courts in the U.S. Meanwhile, the report found that Arkansas Court of Appeals and circuit judges' salaries rank 18th and 16th, respectively, among comparable courts in other states. Read the full story from the Arkansas Democrat Daily.

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Advocate for self-represented litigants receives NCSC’s Distinguished Service Award

Katherine Alteneder, executive director of the Self Represented Litigants Network (SRLN), received the National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) Distinguished Service Award recently at the National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs in Louisville, Ky. Read the full press release.

Students from New Jersey and Colorado win top honors in NCSC’s Civics Education Essay Contest

Two students from New Jersey and one from Colorado won first place in the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2019 Civics Education Essay Contest, which is divided into three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. Read the full press release.

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