Lorri Montgomery
Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts

NCSC inducts five members into Warren E. Burger Society

Williamsburg, Va. (November 21, 2016) — NCSC inducted five new members into the Warren E. Burger Society during NCSC’s Annual Recognition Luncheon November 17, 2016. The ceremony, held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors. The Burger Society honors individuals who have volunteered their time, talent, and support to NCSC in exceptional ways. It is named for the former Chief Justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971.

For the first time, the Burger Society inducted someone posthumously. Former Arkansas Chief Justice James Hannah, who passed away in January 2016 at the age of 71, had served as chair of the NCSC Board of Directors, president of the Conference of Chief Justices, and president of the State Justice Institute (SJI). Eighteen members of Chief Justice Hannah’s family were present for the ceremony, along with members of the SJI Board of Directors.

Other inductees include:  

  • Wallace Jefferson, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, current partner Alexander, Dubose, Jefferson & Townsend in Austin, Texas.
  • Donna Melby, partner with Paul Hastings, LLP, Los Angeles
  • Edward Mullins, Jr, partner with Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Columbia, S.C.
  • Myron T. Steele, former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, partner with Potter, Anderson & Corroon, LLP

Burger Society inductees receive a limited edition portrait of Chief Justice Burger, which was commissioned by Texas attorney Charles Noteboom. There are 1,986 prints, of the portrait, the first two are owned by Chief Justice Burger’s children and the last was owned by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who took his oath from the retiring Chief Justice Burger in 1986.

NCSC, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. NCSC provides executive management services to CCJ, COSCA, and several other court associations. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.


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