Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justice to lead two national court organizations

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National Center for State Courts
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SuttellRhode Island Supreme Court chief justice to lead two national court organizations

Williamsburg, Va., July 28, 2021 – Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors. Both one-year terms began this week during CCJ’s annual conference and NCSC’s Board of Directors meetings in Williamsburg.

Founded in 1949 and comprised of the top judicial officers of each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, CCJ promotes the interests and effectiveness of state judicial systems by developing policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations. CCJ also acts as the primary representative of the state courts before Congress and federal executive agencies.

“Chief Justice Suttell is recognized by his colleagues in the Conference of Chief Justices for being a pragmatic, consensus-based leader who never shies away from the big challenges,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen. “When the state courts tackle major issues, Chief Justice Suttell is always at the table.”

Chief Justice Suttell joined the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2003 and became chief justice in 2009. Before his appointment to the state Supreme Court, he was a family court judge for 13 years. Chief Justice Suttell also served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990.

Chief Justice Suttell is currently chair of the Blueprint for Racial Justice - a collaborative effort of CCJ, NCSC and the Conference of State Court Administrators to improve racial justice in the courts. He has served on several CCJ standing committees and was also a member of the Family Justice Initiative advisory committee.

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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