The Warren E. Burger Award honors the late Chief Justice of the United States, who was instrumental in founding the National Center for State Courts and its Institute for Court Management.
Chief Justice Burger was a staunch supporter of the mission of the National Center for State Courts to improve judicial administration through leadership and service to state courts.
This prestigious award honors a person who demonstrates professional expertise, leadership, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and sound judgment.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Be active in work devoted to improving state courts, or recently retired;
- Have significant experience serving or assisting state or local courts; and
- Have provided leadership at the state or national level to improve state court systems.
The following information must accompany each nomination:
- Letter of nomination setting forth up to three major accomplishments of the nominee;
- A resume for the nominee; and
- Two letters of reference from individuals who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments.
Solicitation of nominations is sought from members of the NCSC Board of Directors, its advisory committees and associations for which NCSC serves as secretariat. Any person interested in improving the operation of state courts may submit a nomination. Nominations are due no later than Friday, October 15, 2021 and can be emailed directly to Patricia Chauvin.
The selection committee
The Governance and Nominations Committee of the NCSC Board of Directors serves as the selection committee for this award. The Committee may consider nominations on its own motion. Nominations are solicited annually. When a nominee is selected, the award will be presented at a time and location mutually agreeable to the recipient and NCSC.
- 2020 - Rebecca L. Sandefur, Ph.D.
- 2019 - Justin A. Barry
- 2018 - Maureen E. Conner, Ph.D.
See the complete list of previous recipients.