Burger Society


Molly Justice
Director of Communications & Online Media
National Center for State Courts

Seven accomplished court, legal leaders inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 24, 2021 — The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has inducted seven nationally recognized leaders into the Warren E. Burger Society.

The Burger Society, named for the NCSC visionary and former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to advance the organization in exceptional ways. This year’s inductees were celebrated at an event in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18.

The 2021 inductees include:

  • Luther J. Battiste, III, founding shareholder of Johnson, Toal & Battiste in Columbia, S.C. Battiste, a former member of the NCSC Board of Directors, served as the president of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2020.
  • Russell C. Deyo, retired vice president and general counsel at Johnson & Johnson. Following his career at Johnson & Johnson, Deyo served the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as its under secretary of management and acting deputy secretary. He is a past NCSC board member.
  • Pamela Q. Harris, Maryland State Court Administrator. Harris is a leader within the Conference of State Court Administrators on initiatives including security and emergency preparedness, court statistics and technology. She is also the CEO of the International Association for Court Administration and a past president of the National Association for Court Management.
  • Nebraska Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican. Chief Justice Heavican is a past president of the Conference of Chief Justices and serves on several conference committees. During his tenure as chief justice, he has led efforts to increase access to courts and hosted the National Pandemic Summit in 2019.
  • Retired Judge Elizabeth P. “Libby” Hines of the 15th District Court in Ann Arbor, Mich. Judge Hines, a former NCSC board member, was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. She is widely known for her groundbreaking work in domestic violence.
  • Simon M. “Sy” Lorne, vice chairman and chief legal officer for Millennium Management, a New York City investment management firm. Lorne served on NCSC’s board and was a former general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Judy Perry Martinez, of counsel for the New Orleans law firm of Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn. Martinez has been a long-time advocate for the need for legal reforms, particularly to close the nation’s access-to-justice gap. She was president of the American Bar Association from 2019-20.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.

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