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ICM Fellows program to blend virtual, in-person learning in 2023

ICM Fellows program to blend virtual, in-person learning in 2023

January 18, 2023 -- This spring, the Institute for Court Management (ICM) Fellows program will blend virtual and in-person learning for candidates in its 53rd class.

The Fellows program is the highest level of ICM certification and demonstrates a court professional’s advanced knowledge of a broad range of court administration and leadership topics and skills – culminating in a final research project, panel presentation, and graduation at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Like most of our courts, the Fellows program was forced to implement a virtual-only program but is now embracing lessons learned from the pandemic to update its rigorous professional development program while maximizing the benefits of distance learning.

“We learned a lot during the pandemic,” said J.D. Gingerich, interim dean of the ICM Fellows program. “Our participants and our faculty did a great job pivoting to new ways of learning and interacting in a virtual environment. However, we recognize the value of in-person relationship building and are committed to bringing that back to the ICM Fellows experience in 2023.”

To deepen bonds and relationships within the cohort, participants will spend time at NCSC headquarters in Williamsburg for activities with center leadership and research staff. Students will continue to build leadership efficacy by understanding and demonstrating the ability to speak, ponder, research, write, and lead. They will also put leadership into context through discussions and exercises that examine the opportunities and challenges of working in the state court system.

Additionally, new participants will now progress through the ICM Fellows program on a single track – with all candidates having completed both the certified court manager and certified court executive certifications in advance.

“Today’s court administrator needs a broad set of skills and knowledge to successfully navigate a very complex justice system,” Gingerich said. “The Fellows program provides a unique opportunity for court leaders to engage with peers from across the country to develop a deeper understanding of issues facing state courts and their partner organizations.”

Whether you’re ready to consider ICM Fellows today or several years from now, you can learn more during one of the upcoming information sessions.

Register today for the January 20 or February 3 session with program staff. Additional sessions with current program participants and alumni will take place on January 24 and February 10.

Applications for the 53rd class will be accepted on a rolling basis until the March 1 deadline. Contact for additional information.

Pictured above: Members of the 51st class celebrated their graduation with ICM Fellows faculty, staff and supporters at the DC Court of Appeals in August.

Nominations open for Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education

NCSC is accepting nominations for the 2023 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education. Named for the retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, the award recognizes an organization, court or individual(s) that has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education relating to the justice system.

Nominations must be made by a member of the Conference of Chief Justices, Conference of State Court Administrators or NCSC Board of Directors.

Nominations should be submitted to Molly Justice by Friday, March 3. Visit the NCSC website for more information about the award and nomination process.