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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

Judge Sandra A. Thompson, Bench Officer for 35 Years, Dies at Age 71

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sandra A. Thompson, a bench officer for 35 years who served as president of the National Association of Women Judges, has died, following a long illness. She was 71. She was chair of the Municipal Court Judges Assn. of Los Angeles County in 1991-93, and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story from the Metropolitan News-Enterprise.

A Judge Just Ruled the Government Can’t Lock You Up for Being Broke

This lawsuit follows similar suits filed as far back as 2011 across the country, focused on eliminating imprisonment upon the inability to pay court fees, which are implemented in all 50 states in the country, according to an NPR survey done in conjunction with the Brennan Center and the National Center for State Courts. Cases won in Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama have already pushed those states into dismantling debtors’ prisons. Read the full article from Mother Jones.


News releases

Dr. Pamela Casey named NCSC’s Vice President of Research

Pamela Casey, Ph.D., principal court research consultant, has been named the next Vice President of Research for the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Dr. Casey will succeed Dr. Thomas Clarke, who has announced his retirement effective February 3, 2019. Dr. Casey will assume the position at the time of Dr. Clarke’s retirement, and the two will work closely for the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. Read the full press release.

NCSC teams up with Measures for Justice to develop court data standards

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and Measures for Justice today announced a new partnership to create comprehensive data standards for state and local courts.  In an important first step towards full data transparency, the new “National Court Open Data Standards Project” will facilitate and accelerate safe access to county-level court data. Read the full press release.