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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.

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Can licensed legal paraprofessionals narrow the access-to-justice gap?

It is too soon to judge definitively the effectiveness and sustainability of the licensed legal paraprofessional structure. However, cautionary notes permeate a March 2017 study of Washington’s LLLT program by the National Center for State Courts, with funding from the American Bar Foundation and Public Welfare Foundation. The study reported general client satisfaction with LLLTs, growth in the number of LLLTs, and increased acceptance of the concept by lawyers. But the study noted significant educational, regulatory and business challenges that may readily arise in other states that adopt similar programs. Read the full story from the ABA Journal.

Nonprofit Law Firm Can’t Solicit Modest-Income Clients

Pro se parties make up an ever-larger share of the nation’s litigants. A 2015 study by the National Center for State Courts found that 76 percent of cases involved at least one pro se party. Read the full story from Big Law Business.

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Michigan judge recipient of William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

District Court Judge Elizabeth “Libby” Hines from Ann Arbor, Michigan has been named recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2018 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of the highest judicial honors in the country.  While Judge Hines’ work is far-ranging, she is most recognized for her groundbreaking work in domestic violence. Read the full press release.

North Dakota court director named to leadership positions in two national court organizations

North Dakota Court Administrator Sally Holewa has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and vice-chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. Read the full press release.

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