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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

Litigation Finance Disclosure in the US: Common Sense and False Narratives

The one exception is Wisconsin, whose state legislature in March 2018 passed a law requiring parties in all civil litigation to disclose funding arrangements. The Wisconsin law appears to be an unintentional overreach from an effort to regulate consumer litigation funding. As Wisconsin is hardly a leader in commercial litigation, representing just 0.11 percent of civil matters filed in all US state courts (according to data provided by the Wisconsin Court Systems and the National Center for State Courts), its outlying position is unlikely to have any real effect. Read the full story from Big Law Business.

Why It’s Hard to Protect Domestic-Violence Survivors Online

In 1994, the National Center for State Courts conducted a study of 285 women in three cities—Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Delaware—who had obtained temporary or permanent orders of protection against their abusive male partners. More than half said that, in advance of the restraining order, they had been beaten or choked; a sizable majority reported being slapped, grabbed, shoved, or kicked; and 99 percent reported being intimidated through threats, stalking, or harassment. Read the full story in the Atlantic.


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.