Hon. Frederick P. Horn
Chair, Board of Directors
August 2014 to Present
…is the former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California in Orange County (2002-2005). Currently, he is a Civil Division Trial Judge and Chairperson of the California Judicial Branch Ethics and Fairness Curriculum Committee. Prior to his current duties, he was Supervising Judge of the Court’s Civil Division and Complex Civil Panel (2006-2010), Assistant Presiding Judge (2000-2001), and a Trial Judge on numerous assignments (1993-2000). Early in his career, before the trial courts in the state were unified, Judge Horn served as a Judge of the Orange County Municipal Court, Harbor Judicial District (1991-1993) and worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles County for seventeen years (1974-1991).
In over 20 years on the Superior Court bench, Judge Horn has actively participated on numerous councils, committees and task forces focused on trial court reform and improvement in the state, including the chief policymaking body for the Judicial Branch, the Judicial Council of California (2002-2005). Here, he served on the Executive and Planning Committee (2003-2006), Trial Court Budget Working Group (2004-2006), Litigation Management Committee (2002; 2005) and the Rules and Projects Committee (2002). Currently, he is a member of the Judicial Council’s Security Advisory Committee (2014-present) and a member of the California Commission on Judicial Performance (2003 – present) where he has been the Commission’s Chair (2007-2009) and Vice Chair (2005-2006; 2010).
The Judicial Council operates through a number of special committees and study groups. Judge Horn has both chaired and participated as an active member on these various bodies, including Chair of the Judicial Council’s Emergency Response and Security Task Force (2007-2013), Chair of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (2002-2006), Chair of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Executive Committee (2003-2006), and a member of the Probate Conservatorship Task Force (2006-2008), Judicial Council’s Task Force on Judicial Ethics Issues (2002-2004), California Continuing Judicial Studies Program Planning Committee (2000-2008), Advisory Committee on Judicial Education Programming (2003-2006), Courthouse Access Advisory Committee (U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) (2004-2007), Temporary Judges Working Group (2004-2007), Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness (1994-2001) Chair for three years (1998-2001), and Chair of the New Judge Orientation Planning Committee (1997-2000).
On the national scene, Judge Horn became a member of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (then called the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts) in 2003 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2004. He follows Judge Rufus King III, Senior Judge, Superior Court of Washington D.C., who was Chair of the Board since 2006. Presently, Judge Horn is also on the Board of Directors of the National Consortium of Race and Ethnic Fairness in Courts.
For his effective work on numerous boards and commissions, Judge Horn has received a variety of awards and accolades, including the Annual Access Award for Dedicated Service to the Disability Community by the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities (1998), President’s Award for Eradicating Gender Bias and Promoting Gender Fairness by the National Association of Women Judges (2001; 2002), Judge of the Year Award by the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (2003), Judge Appreciation Award by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2004), Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award for significant contributions to judicial education by the American Judges Association (2004), Special Award for Bench/Bar Relations and Presiding Judge Contributions by the American Board of Trial Advocates (2004), National Service Award by the National Consortium of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts (2005).
He was also named Jurist of the Year Award for extraordinary dedication to the highest principles of the administration of justice by the Judicial Council of California (2004-2005).
He has taught and lectured in many seminars and courses, including at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California (1997-2010), California Continuing Judicial Studies Program (1995-2015), New Judges Education Program (1998-present), and for the Operation of High Qualifications Commission of Judges of the Ukraine in a New Environment held in Yaremche, Ukraine (2011).
Judge Horn obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles in 1974. As a student, he was on the Law Review staff as well as being a contributing author to the publication.
Superior Court of California in Orange County
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hon. Janet E. Barton
…is the Presiding Judge for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix), home to 4 million people (60 percent of the state’s population), and the state’s capitol. In her role as the county’s top administrative judge, she oversees 97 superior court judges, 59 court commissioners, and the county adult and juvenile probation departments, as well as 26 justices of the peace and 26 constables. She also has superintendency authority over the 24 municipal courts within the county.
Judge Barton was appointed to the bench in July 2000. Over her 16 years on the bench, she has served on each of the Superior Court’s four major departments: three years on juvenile (including two years as that department’s associate presiding judge); five years on civil (including two years as that department’s associate presiding judge and four years as a complex case judge); four and one-half years on criminal (including three and one-half years as a special assignment judge managing capital and complex criminal cases); and two and one-half years on family (including two years as that department’s presiding judge). Judge Barton was also the Associate Presiding Judge of the Superior County in Maricopa County from January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. On July 1, 2015, she was designated by the Arizona Supreme Court as the County’s Presiding Judge and began a three-year term in that leadership position. Judge Barton presently serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Presiding Judges’ Committee, the Arizona Judicial Council, and the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice.
Judge Barton began her legal career in 1985 as a lawyer with the firm of Snell & Wilmer, and in 1991 became a partner in that firm. Her primary area of practice was commercial and state and local tax litigation until her appointment to the Superior Court bench. Judge Barton obtained her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1975, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1985.
Hon, Janet E. Barton, Presiding Judge
Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County
Fifth Floor, Old Courthouse
125 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2243
Hon. Douglas R. Beach
…is the Presiding Judge, Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in St. Louis County. The Circuit includes the county area surrounding the City of St. Louis, the 22nd Circuit Court. The 21st Circuit is the largest general jurisdiction court in the State. Judge Beach was elected by his colleagues as the Presiding Judge in 2016. He was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2010 by Governor Jay Nixon. From 2005 to 2010, he served as an Associate Circuit Court Judge on that Court. As a jurist, Judge Beach worked primarily in the Family Court until becoming the Presiding Judge.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Beach served 17 ½ years as the City Attorney for the City of Chesterfield where he was instrumental in incorporating the City in 1988. In private practice in St. Louis, he was featured in the Best Lawyers of America; is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Missouri Bar; Massachusetts Bar; St. Louis County Bar; Past President, St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Association; member of the Women’s Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association and Lawyers Association: Board Member, AFCC; Board Member of Children’s Home Society; Program Committee for Kids in the Middle; received the “Champion of Kid’s Award;” and named Outstanding Young Lawyer, St. Louis County Bar. In 2011, Judge Beach coordinated the effort to pass a $100 million dollar bond issue by the voters of St. Louis County to replace the Family Court Building and renovate the Civil Courts Building. Subsequently, he oversaw the construction of those facilities for the Court. Recently, he was recognized by Legal Advocates for Abused Women and the Crime Victim Advocacy Center, and started the Veterans Treatment Courts in St. Louis County.
Judge Beach received his law degree from New England School of Law (Cum Laude) in 1973. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel where he served as Judge Advocate. He is married and has two children, Lindsay and Garrett, and a stepdaughter, Kate.
Hon. Douglas R. Beach, Presiding Judge
Twenty-First Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, St. Louis County
St. Louis County Courthouse, 105 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
Raymond L. Billotte
…is the Administrator for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County, serving as the senior executive officer for the nation’s fourth largest trial court. Previously, he served as the District Court Administrator in the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Greater Pittsburgh) from 1996-2012 and the 46th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Clearfield) from 1985-1992.
Mr. Billotte holds a Master’s Degree of Public Management from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a 1991 Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management’s (ICM) Court Executive Development Program. During his tenure with the courts, he has led numerous successful court improvement projects, including caseflow management revisions, jury reform, strategic planning, jail population reduction strategies, and the use of evidence-based practices in both pre-trial and post-adjudicative phases of the criminal justice system. Additionally, he has served as a consultant with USAID addressing criminal justice reforms in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chihuahua and has served on numerous state and national court management committees addressing the use of technology in the courts, preservation and transcription of court records, professional development of court managers, and juror diversity.
Mr. Billotte is the first Vice President of the newly formed National Association for Presiding Judges and Chief Executive Officers (NAPCO). Prior to his officer position in NAPCO, he was a Board Member of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC) and its Strategic Planning Committee which was instrumental in creating NAPCO. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Justice Management Institute (JMI), a justice system nonprofit consultancy. Previously, Mr. Billotte served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Court Management (NACM) from 2010-2013. He continues to be active in numerous court management organizations including the Urban Court Managers Network and the Arizona Association of Superior Court Administrators. Mr. Billotte is certified as faculty for the ICM’s Leadership and Visioning & Strategic Planning courses.
Judicial Branch Administrator
Arizona Court System in Maricopa County
Fifth Floor, Old Courthouse
125 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2243
Hon. John J. Russo
Immediate Past President, 2015-2016
…is the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ohio in Cuyahoga County serving the Greater Cleveland metropolitan region. He was elected by the NAPCO Board of Directors as President of the Association in July 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY.
Cuyahoga County is the most populous of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties. It is home to 1.2 million people (2010 census). Judge Russo was elected unanimously by his colleagues in November 2013 to lead the Court. He is responsible for appointing committees, coordinating the development of Court policies, and overseeing the administration and dockets of the General Division, the highest trial court in the state. He has chaired or participated in numerous justice system boards and committees since beginning his judicial career on the Common Pleas Court, including Chair, Lawyers Fund for Client Protection (appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court); Co-Chairman, Ohio Judicial Conference Court Administration Committee; Trustee, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association; Chairperson, Cuyahoga County Security Committee; Trustee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Trustee, Westshore Bar Association; and Past President, Legal Eagles St. Edward High School Community. Judge Russo has taught at numerous court conclaves, judges’ conferences, community programs and bar association meetings, including the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College; the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; the Ohio Association for Justice; the National Business Institute; Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorney; the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the National Center for State Courts workshop on trial court governance and leadership, and the Cleveland Marshall Alumni Association.
He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association, Westshore Bar Association and Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association. Judge Russo has been active with the Judicial Legislative Exchange Program, Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program and the 3R’s Program with the Cleveland Municipal School District. He also volunteers as a judge in the Ohio Mock Trial State & Local Competitions. Judge Russo is a member of the American Inns of Court, Trustee of the Justinian Forum and the Italians Sons and Daughters of America (I.S.D.A.). He is active in the Mock Trial Program at St. Edward High School, teaching Street Law class at that high school and active with Senior Career Day. Judge Russo has also received the honor of being named “The Legal Eagle Man of The Year.” He has participated as a volunteer Coach at St. Bernadette School and is also active in the St. Bernadette Parish. As a member of the bench, Judge Russo has been a guest speaker and host for various students of all grades when they come to Court and experience “a day in the life of a Judge.” Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Russo practiced as a civil and criminal litigator for 12 years in his own law firm. He earned a B.S.B.A. degree at John Carroll University and his J.D. degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Administrative and Presiding Judge
Court of Common Pleas of Ohio, Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113-1678
Gordon M. Griller
Executive Director | Secretary | Chief Financial Officer
2007 – Present
…is the Executive Director, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers. He also serves as the Director of Trial Court Leadership Programs and a Principal Court Consultant for the National Center for State Courts, the secretariat for the National Conference. Prior to his current positions, Mr. Griller held numerous private and public positions dedicated to trial court improvement and reform, including Vice President of Justice Practices (2003-2006), State and Local Solutions Group, Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS), a division of the Xerox Company providing global business processing and information technology services. He served as the first Administrator of Trial Courts (2001-2003) in Maricopa County Arizona (Phoenix); Court Administrator (1987-2001) for the Superior Court in Maricopa County; Judicial District Administrator (1978-1987) for the Second Judicial District of Minnesota in Ramsey County (St. Paul); and Court Administrator (1976-1978) for the Municipal Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota (Minneapolis).
Additionally, Mr. Griller served as the President of the National Association of Trial Court Administrators (1983-84), and co-chaired the Special Commission that created the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the largest professional association in the world dedicated to trial court administration. He has consulted, taught and written on caseflow management (trial court delay), leadership, self-represented litigants, jury reform, visioning, strategic planning, budgeting, and systems and procedures to numerous audiences. He is a recipient of the Warren E. Burger Award for outstanding contributions to court administration (1988), the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts’ Tom C. Clark Award (1999), NACM’s Award of Merit (2000), and the Institute for Court Management’s Star Award (2004).
Griller has a BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. He is a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, a founding member of the Urban Court Managers’ Network, former Chair of the Scottsdale AZ Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, former Vice Chair of the Bloomington MN Public School Board, and has served on the governing Boards of the National Center for State Courts and the American Judicature Society.
National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers
8507 East San Jacinto Drive, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-2576