Hon. John J. Russo
Chair, Board of Directors
August 2019 – Present
… is the Immediate Past Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ohio in Cuyahoga County serving the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area. 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 34 colleagues in 2014 to lead the Court. He was responsible for appointing committees, coordinating the development of Court policies and overseeing the four common pleas divisions which include the General, Domestic Relations, Juvenile and Probate Divisions. He also had specific responsibilities to administer the dockets of the General Division, the highest-level trial court in the state.
Judge Russo began his career on the Court in 2005. His calendar since then has included felony-level criminal cases and civil cases brought before the court. Prior to assuming the bench, he practiced as a civil and criminal litigator for 12 years as a principal in his own firm, Polito & Russo LLP.
Judge Russo is the 1st Vice Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference and will be President in 2024; Vice President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; and Presides over Veterans Treatment Court Docket. Judge Russo also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and St. Edwards High School in Cleveland, a faculty member for the Ohio Judicial College, Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association and the National Business Institute. Appointed by the National Center for State Courts as Review Board and Committee Person for the Trends in State Court Publication. He was president of National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) in 2016 and hosted the First Annual Conference for the Association. In 2019, he was elected Chair of its Board of Directors.
Among his other key achievements, Judge Russo has served as Co-Chair of the Ohio Judicial Conference Court Administration Committee, Appointed by Chief Justice of Ohio to the Court Public Health Committee to re-write the Public Health Policy Bench Book; Death Penalty Task Force; State Bail Bond Reform Task Force; and Board of Commissioners of the Clients Security Fund of Ohio; Trustee of the Westshore Bar Association, and a Member of the Ohio Judicial Conference Judicial Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Judge Russo is Past Chair of the Cuyahoga County Security Committee; Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection; Judicial Education Committee for the Ohio Judicial Conference; and Past President of the St. Edward Legal Eagles. Judge Russo graduated from John Carroll University in 1987 with a B.S.B.A. Degree, and from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1992 with a Juris Doctorate Degree.
Administrative and Presiding Judge
Court of Common Pleas of Ohio, Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Courtroom 16D
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113-1678
Hon. Paula M. Carey
2019 – 2021
…is the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court. She was appointed to that position in July 2013 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Previously, Chief Justice Carey served as the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Courts.
Prior to her appointment to the bench in January 2001, Chief Justice Carey was a partner in the firm of Carey & Mooney, PC, where she specialized in domestic relations matters. She has lectured and authored material for numerous publications and educational programs in the area of domestic relations, both as a practitioner and as a judge.
Chief Justice Carey is a graduate of the New England School of Law. During her career, she has been honored by organizations including the Massachusetts Bar Association with the Daniel J. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the Middlesex Bar Association, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Association, the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, the Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been awarded the Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Boston Bar Association (2013), and was the Dean’s Reception Honoree at New England School of Law for her commitment to public service and dedication to the Law School and its students. Most recently, she received the Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court Award of Excellence and the Massachusetts Judges Conference President’s Award in 2016.
Chief Justice, Massachusetts Trial Court
Executive Office of the Trial Court
One Pemberton Square, John Adams Courthouse
Boston, MA 02108
Hon. Erick L. Larsh
…is the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California in Orange County, the State’s third-most populous county with more than 3 million residents. As a unified, single-tiered trial court, its 140 judicial officers and 1500+ staff handle over 500K case filings annually, including civil, criminal, traffic, family, juvenile and probate matters throughout five justice centers. Judge Larsh was elected by his colleagues as the court’s top administrative judge in January 2021 and began serving a 2-year term in that position. Previously, he served as the Assistant Presiding Judge.
Judge Larsh began his judicial career in Orange County as a Superior Court Commissioner in 1997 after serving as a Deputy City Attorney in Anaheim from 1987 to 1989, and a private practitioner in criminal and civil litigation from 1989 to 1997. He was appointed as a superior court judge by Governor Schwarzenegger in July 2005. His judicial assignments over his 16-year career as a judge have included criminal felonies and misdemeanors, drug court, domestic relation cases (family court), and limited jurisdiction matters. He has served a number of times as a supervising judge overseeing various court departments at many locations within the County.
His local and statewide committee assignments encompass the Orange County Superior Court Executive Committee, Family Violence Coordination Committee (Chair), Finance Committee (Chair), Collaborative Courts Committee (Chair), Center for Judicial Education and Research Committee (Chair), and the Waymakers/Community Service Project Program (Chair). Likewise, Judge Larsh’s teaching and speaking experience is widespread, including service as an Adjunct Professor, Biola University (1990 – 2006), Adjunct Professor in Criminal Procedure, California State University, Instructor for Proposition 36 and Drug Courts at B.E. Wilkin Junior College, Instructor in Marital Settlement Agreements and Judgements 2016 and Custody Litigation – Move Away Cases, ACFLS Spring Conference (2016 – 2018), Instructor in Restraining Orders 2018 for California’s Judicial Education and Research group, and an Instructor in Substance Abuse, Last Dash MCLE Seminar for the Orange County Bar Association (2004 – 2007).
He has been the recipient of various awards and honors during his tenure as a judge, including the 2016 American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Section Judge of the Year Award; the 2017 Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section, J.E.T. Rutter Award for the Outstanding Judicial Contribution to Family Law, and the 2018 Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Orange County Chapter, Judicial Officer of the Year.
Judge Larsh holds a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law (1986), and a Bachelor’s Degree in dual majors of Psychology and Criminal Justice from California State University – Fullerton (1983).
Superior Court of California in Orange County
Criminal Justice Center, Department C1
700 Civic Center Drive, West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
John A. Bello
…is the Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court, having been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court in March 2021. He succeeds Jonathan Williams who held the position for three and one-half years beginning in May 2017. The Court Administrator partners with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court in working to oversee 6,300 court staff, 97 courthouses, and a $750-million-dollar budget supporting seven court departments and the Massachusetts Probation Service.
Mr. Bello is responsible for the administrative functions that support the Trial Court mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed. These include budget preparation and oversight, labor relations and human resources, information technology, facilities management, capital projects, and security. John also serves as co-chair of the court’s Trauma Task Force.
In 2017, Mr. Bello was named Associate Court Administrator and guided the efforts of the department heads within the Office of Court Management and coordinated their support of the court departments. He also handled the development and implementation of the Trial Court’s Strategic Plan 3.0, introduced enterprise project management, and led major operational initiatives in collaboration with leaders across all court departments.
John joined the Trial Court in 2013 as the Director of Facilities Management & Capital Planning overseeing maintenance and capital improvements for 60 state-owned facilities and working with county and private landlords to manage another 40 court buildings. He oversaw the development of a 20-year Court Master Capital Plan in concert with the State’s Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance.
From 2001 to 2013 John served in management roles of increasing responsibility at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Massport, which oversees the state’s three airports and the port terminals in Boston. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Daniel Webster College.
Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Court
Executive Office of the Trial Court
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1M
Boston, MA 02108
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 (NAPCO). He also works part-time with the National Center for State Courts’ Court Consulting Services group, having retired in January 2020 as a Principal Court Management Consultant after 14 years with the National Center. Prior to his work with the Center, Mr. Griller held numerous private and public positions dedicated to trial court improvement and reform, including Vice President of Justice Practices for the State and Local Solutions Group at Affiliated Computer Systems (ACS), a division of the Xerox Corporation; the first Administrator of Trial Courts for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix); Court Administrator for the Superior Court in Maricopa County; the first Judicial District Administrator of the Second Judicial District of Minnesota in Ramsey County (Greater St. Paul); and Court Administrator of the Municipal Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota (Greater Minneapolis) prior to the unification of Minnesota’s state and local trial courts.
Additionally, Mr. Griller has served as President of the National Association of Trial Court Administrators where he co-chaired the Special Commission that created the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the largest professional association in the world dedicated to the improvement of trial court administration. He has consulted, taught and written for numerous audiences on caseflow management (trial court delay), leadership, self-represented litigants, jury reform, visioning, strategic planning, budgeting, court space planning, and systems and procedures. He is a recipient of the National Center’s Warren E. Burger Award for outstanding contributions to court administration, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts’ Tom C. Clark Award, NACM’s Award of Merit, the Institute for Court Management’s Star Award, and the Justice System Management Institute’s Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence for vision, leadership and sustained commitment to the achievement of excellence in the administration of justice.
Griller has a BA in Political Science and MA in Public Administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, a founding member of the Urban Court Managers’ Network, a previous Chair of the Scottsdale AZ Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, the former Vice Chair of the Bloomington MN Public School Board, and has served on the governing Boards of the National Center for State Courts, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the American Judicature Society, and the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers.