Board of Directors, 2020-2021

Chair/Vice Chair

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Chief Justice Hecht serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President of the Conference of Chief Justices. He joined the Supreme Court of Texas in 1988 and was appointed Chief Justice in 2013. He has also served on the District Court and Texas Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Hecht joined the Board of Directors in August 2018.

Administrative Director
Administrative Office of the Courts
Frankfort, KY

Laurie K. Dudgeon serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President of the Conference of State Court Administrators. She became the state court administrator in Kentucky in 2009. Under her leadership the AOC has made groundbreaking changes to its pretrial release process and helped implement penal code and juvenile justice reform. She previously practiced law in Kentucky and South Carolina and was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

Directors

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Chief Justice Suttell serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect of the Conference of Chief Justices. He joined the Supreme Court of Rhode Island in 2003 and became Chief Justice in 2009. He also served on the Rhode Island Family Court, was in private practice for twelve years, and a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives for seven years. Chief Justice Suttell joined the Board of Directors in August 2019.

State Court Administrator
Minnesota Judicial Branch
St. Paul, MN

Jeff Shorba serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He became state court administrator in Minnesota in 2012 after serving ten years as Deputy State Court Administrator. He previously served as General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Associate General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was in private practice. Mr. Shorba joined the NCSC Board of Directors in August 2019.

National Center for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA

Mary McQueen serves ex officio as a non-voting member of the NCSC’s Board of Directors in her capacity as President of the National Center for State Courts. Ms. McQueen served for over eighteen years as the State Court Administrator of Washington. She assumed the position of President of the National Center for State Courts in August 2004.

District Court Judge
First Judicial District
Hastings, MN

Jerome B. Abrams serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is a general jurisdiction trial court judge serving the First Judicial District in Dakota County, Minnesota. Judge Abrams joined the Board of Directors in 2015.

Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit
Miami, FL

Jennifer D. Bailey serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. She is a general jurisdiction trial court judge serving as a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida. She has been on the court for over twenty-three years and is the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division. Judge Bailey joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Washington, DC

Barry P. Barbash serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large non-judicial branch member. He is a Senior Counsel with Wilke Farr & Gallagher and co-head of the Asset Management Group. Mr. Barbash has been a practitioner in asset management for over 35 years and served as the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management. Mr. Barbash joined the Board of Directors on August 2018.

State Court Administrator
Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

J. Joseph Baxter, Jr. serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity as Past President of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He became state court administrator in Rhode Island in 2004. Mr. Baxter joined the Board of Directors in August 2017.

District Court Administrator
10th Judicial Administrative District
Athens, GA

Tracy “T.J.” BeMent serves on the NCSC Board of Directors representing the National Association for Court Management. He is the District Court Administrator in Athens, Georgia. He has worked in the courts for more than 15 years serving in Georgia, Nevada, and the District of Columbia. Mr. BeMent joined the Board of Directors in 2019.

WilmerHale
Washington, DC

Reginald J. Brown is with the WilmerHale law firm where he is the chairman of the firm's Financial Institutions Group and also leads the firm's congressional investigations practice as vice chair of the firm's Crisis Management and Strategic Response Group. He joined the firm in 1997 and served as special assistant to the President and associate White House Counsel from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Brown provides counsel on issues affecting the intersection of government, law, media and public policy. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Court Administrator
Cleveland Municipal Court
Cleveland, OH

Russell R. Brown, III serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is a trial court administrator for the Cleveland Municipal Court. He has been with the court for over twenty years, initially joining as a magistrate, then mediation coordinator in 1997 after having served as an assistant city prosecutor in Cleveland. Mr. Brown joined the Board of Directors in August 2017.

Vice President & General Counsel
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Irving, TX

Randall M. Ebner serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is Vice President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He has been with Exxon Mobil’s law department since graduating Tulane Law School in 1980. Mr. Ebner joined the Board of Directors in November 2016.

Director
Department of Public Safety
St. Louis, MO

Jimmie M. Edwards serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is a former general jurisdiction trial court judge in St. Louis, Missouri, and now serves as Director of Public Safety for St. Louis. Mr. Edwards joined the Board of Directors in August 2017.

Executive Secretary
Supreme Court of Virginia
Richmond, VA

Karl R. Hade serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of Vice President of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He became the state court administrator of Virginia in 2005 after serving as Director of the Department of Judicial Information Technology. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Sr. Vice President & General Counsel (retired)
Eli Lilly and Company
Zionsville, IN

Michael J. Harrington serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company. Before joining Eli Lilly in 1991 Mr. Harrington was a litigator at the law firm of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Michael Maguire & Associates
Costa Mesa, CA

Michael P. Maguire began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California. He then was a founding partner of Nyman, Johnson and Maguire. Later he became the Managing Attorney of State Farm Insurance staff counsel. Today he is with Michael Maguire and Associates. In 2019-2020 Mr. Maguire served as national President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Appellate Judge
Fourth District Court of Appeal
West Palm Beach, FL

Judge Melanie G. May was appointed Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals in Florida in 2002. She served as Chief Judge of that Court from 2011 until 2013. Prior to being appointed to the Court of Appeals, she was Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court from 1991 until 2002. She was in private practice from 1982 until 1991. She is Past President of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. Judge May joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Sr. Executive Vice President & General Counsel
AT&T, Inc.
Dallas, TX

David R. McAtee serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large, non-judicial branch member. Mr. McAtee is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T Inc. Before joining AT&T, he was a partner of Haynes and Boone, LLP, in Dallas, Texas. Mr. McAtee joined the Board of Directors in November 2019.

U.S. Ambassador (retired)
U.S Department of the State
Silver Spring, MD

Ambassador Dan W. Mozena serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He joined the U.S. Foreign Services in 1981 and has served as U.S. Ambassador to Angola and Bangladesh. Ambassador Mozena joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Professor of Law
LMU Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA

John T. Nockleby is director of the Civil Justice Program, the Journalist Law School and has been a professor at Loyola Law School since 1989. Professor Nockleby received his B.A. from the University of Montana, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. From 1993-95, Professor Nockleby served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has also taught at the Northeastern University School of Law, and the Southwest Institute of Law and Political Science in Chongqing, China. Professor Nockleby joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Ciresi Conlin, LLP
Minneapolis, MN

Kathleen Flynn Peterson is Partner with Ciresi Conlin LLP. Her practice focuses on medical negligence cases. She serves as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. She is past president of the American Association for Justice, the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ trial bar association. She is currently co-chair of the NCSC Lawyers Committee. Ms. Peterson joined the Board of Directors in August 2019.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Vermont
Montpelier, VT

Chief Justice Reiber serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of Past-President of the Conference of Chief Justices. He was in private practice for over 25 years before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Vermont in 2003, becoming Chief Justice in 2004. Chief Justice Reiber joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

President
Volcker Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

Thomas W. Ross serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large, non-judicial branch member. He is currently President of the Volcker Alliance having previously served as President of the University of North Carolina and Davidson College. He also served as North Carolina Superior Court judge for 17 years and as the North Carolina state court administrator. Mr. Ross joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Chief Justice Rush serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of First Vice President of the Conference of Chief Justices. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Indiana in 2012 and became Chief Justice in 2014. Before her appointment she was a Superior Court judge for 14 years and spent 15 years in private practice. Chief Justice Rush joined the Board of Directors in February 2020.

Judge
Queens Criminal Court
Kew Gardens, NY

Toko Serita serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. She is a limited jurisdiction trial court judge serving the New York City Criminal Court in Queens County, New York. She presides over the Human Trafficking Intervention Court as well as the drug treatment and mental health courts in Queens. Judge Serita joined the Board of Directors in 2018.