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New ABA Book published on Improving Administration of Justice in U.S. Courts

Recently, the ABA’s Lawyers’ Conference announced the availability of the eighth edition of The Improvement of the Administration of Justice, the Conference’s periodic treatise on various elements of the judicial system and how things have been improved over the last 15 years since the previous edition hit the streets in 2002. Articles are written by academics, practitioners, judges and court executives. The book is divided into six sections: The Judicial System, Judicial Officers, Court Operations, Case Presentation, Specialized Courts, and Serving the Community. While these topics can be being quite broad, with each section possibly standing as a volume of its own, the new edition brings the focus back to the administration of justice and how it can be improved.

National Judicial College Presidential Search Underway

A search has commenced for the next president and chief executive officer of The National Judicial College, one of the nation’s most influential institutes for the continued education of judges. The next CEO will succeed President Chad C. Schmucker, who announced his intention to retire last September.

Election 2016 and the State Courts

With so much attention being paid to the 2016 presidential election, down-ballot items tend to be forgotten. However, ballot items in four states this November will have a direct impact on state courts. These proposals represent not just questions for voters in a particular year, but also broader discussions about how state courts operate, ranging from judicial age and capacity to the role of independently elected clerks of court.

Could Atticus Finch get elected today?

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Brock Peters as Tom Robinson in the 1962 film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus Finch, the fictional lawyer in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” passionately believed in justice. He didn’t like criminal law, yet he accepted the appointment to represent Tom Robinson, an African-American man charged with raping a young white girl. The story, set in Maycomb County, Alabama, in the early 1930s, portrays a lawyer who felt that the justice system should be colorblind. Had Atticus Finch run for office after the trial, could he have been elected?

5 Facts on How Americans View the U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court holds a unique place in American government. Sitting justices do not have set terms, and they can influence public policy long after the presidents who nominated them and the senators who confirmed them have departed. Partisans have often battled over these nominations because of the court’s ability to reshape or strike down laws favored by one side or another.

First Annual National Trial Court Leadership Conference a Success

Chief Judges and Court Executive Officers from 32 States attended the first annual Trial Court Leadership Academy and Conference held by the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) in partnership with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Read a short review and take a look at some photos from the event.

Burger Award nominations being accepted

NAPCO is proud to encourage its members to nominate candidates for the National Center for State Courts’ esteemed Warren E. Burger Award recognizing a court executive officer who has significantly contributed to improving the administration of the state courts. Service may be at the local, state or national levels. This prestigious honor recognizes an individual…