From the President – Fall 2010

The National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE) is alive and well and membership is increasing!

We’ve just completed a very successful conference in San Antonio, Texas, thanks to the extraordinary work on the education program by co-chairs Elizabeth Evans (Arizona), Lisa Galdos (California), and their team of incredibly dedicated committee members.  I want to thank the Texas Team who were our local hosts, for their audiovisual support, beautiful banners, tote bags, setting up a wonderful meal on the Riverwalk, and our secretariat, Linda Perkins (National Center for State Courts), who made sure the registration table was ready to go and all the pieces were in place.  A job well done!

I want to thank Christy Tull (Ohio) for her leadership this past year as NASJE’s President.  She kept the Board on task and secured a State Justice Institute (SJI) grant to implement the curriculum development project for judicial branch educators.  She also engaged one of the most respected NASJE members, Karen Thorson (retired), to help us with this project.  Without Christy’s dedication to this project, it wouldn’t have happened.

I want to say thank you and a fond farewell to Claudia Fernandes (California) who served as the Past-President on the NASJE Board and continued to provide guidance and needed history to us and to two other members of the Board who are moving on:   Anne Jordan (Indiana), Midwestern Regional Director, and Debra Koehler (Maryland), Northeastern Regional Director. Both were dedicated Board members and provided great leadership to the Board.  We will miss you all.

Though the Board’s membership is in transition, it is also exciting to see so many come forward to take on “the role of a lifetime;” and there are still a few of us on the Board for continuity.  Welcome to Joseph Sawyer (Nevada), President-Elect, Marty Sullivan (Arkansas), Vice-President, Merry Hofford (Washington D.C.), Treasurer, Martha Martin (Florida), Secretary, Michael Roosevelt (California), Western Region Director, Susan Morley (Florida), Southeastern Regional Director, Lee Ann Barnhardt (North Dakota), Midwestern Regional Director, and Stephen Feiler (Pennsylvania), Northeastern Regional Director.

Don’t forget, the NASJE Board is here for you!  The Board is dedicated to making sure that judicial branch educators across the country and around the world have a resource that meets their ever-changing needs!

I look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Judith M. Anderson, NASJE President