Karen Thorson Award

In February 2012, the NASJE board established the Karen Thorson Award to honor a NASJE member who has made a significant contribution to both NASJE and judicial branch education nationally. These are the recipients. 2021 | Thomas N. Langhorne (UT) 2020 | [no recipient] 2019 | Margaret Allen (OH) 2018 | [no recipient] 2017 | Michael Roosevelt (CA) […]

2017 Karen Thorson Award Winner Announced

In February 2012, the NASJE board established the Karen Thorson Award to honor a NASJE member who has made a significant contribution to both NASJE and judicial branch education nationally. It is my great pleasure to announce this year’s Karen Thorson Award winner, also from California – Michael Roosevelt.

Karen Thorson Award Nominations Due March 31

Karen Thorson Award nominations are now being accepted by the NASJE Board. If you know a career judicial educator who has made significant contributions to the profession and to NASJE, consider nominating him or her for this award. Nominations are due by Friday, March 31, 2017. You will find a link to the nomination form in the NASJE Member Area.

VIDEO: Larry Stone receives Karen Thorson Award

Larry Stone is the embodiment of the qualities the Karen Thorson Award recognizes: a deep, abiding positive influence on our organization and our profession. The award was presented to him at NASJE’s 2015 Annual Conference in Seattle (October 4-7).

The 2012 Karen Thorson Award

In February, 2012, the NASJE board established the Karen Thorson Award to honor a NASJE member who has made a significant contribution to both NASJE and judicial branch education nationally.

Margaret Allen is 2019 Thorson Award Honoree

Margaret R. Allen of the National Center for State Courts was announced as the 2019 Karen Thorson Award winner at NASJE’s Annual Conference in October in Denver. The Thorson award goes to a NASJE member who has made a significant contribution to both NASJE and judicial branch education nationally and is NASJE’s highest recognition of excellence and contributions to the field of judicial branch education. The award’s eponym, Ms. Karen Thorson, was the first recipient in 2012.

VIDEO: Jim Drennan receives Thorson Award

James “Jim” Drennan echoes the qualities honored by the Karen Thorson Award through his forty-year University of North Carolina School of Government career that started in 1974, and through his contributions to NASJE. Current NASJE communications committee chair Lynne Alexander sat down with the Jim for a short discussion about judicial education.

President’s Communication Update

As you know, recently the NASJE website has been revamped as part of our effort to better connect with you and other site users. It has come to our attention that some members have not always received NASJE information or communications or have been unclear as to the ways in which interaction occurs within the organization. Let me provide some information on NASJE communications. I apologize for the length, but I wanted to provide all the info in one place for your convenience.

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Thomas N. Langhorne Reaches New Heights in NASJE

The 2019-2021 National Association of State Judicial Educators’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the Karen Thorson Award.  By unanimous vote, Thomas N. Langhorne (Tom) will be our 2021 Karen Thorson Awardee.  As you know, NASJE’s Karen Thorson Award recognizes a career judicial educator who has made significant contributions to […]

Pat Murrell Leaves Lasting Impression on Judicial Education

By Lee Ann Barnhardt It is not often that we meet someone who has a significant impact on our lives. I was lucky to have met that person in Patricia Murrell. Pat left this world on October 25, 2019, but her passion and commitment to judicial education lives on in all who have had the […]

From the President (Summer 2017)

Happy Summer, NASJE Colleagues! It’s one of my favorite times of year, especially when I’m able to enjoy some fun in the sun with family and friends. If you haven’t yet taken a vacation or at least slowed life to a summer pace, you better do so soon.  “Back to school” messages are everywhere, making it […]

Impressions of the NASJE Conference by a Newbie

Last month, I found myself sharing a taxi from the Vermont Airport to the Burlington Hilton late Saturday night with another newly minted judicial educator, Meg Rowe. Meg and I were chatting in the back seat – we’d just met — when the taxi driver asked us what “judicial education” was. Even as newbies, we’d answered that question a few times already and offered him practiced explanations. When we were finished, he said, “Do you work on those new drug courts? Because the one here saved my life.” And he told us a bit about himself, offering us a story and a life that connected the NASJE Conference and our new profession to something more real than practiced explanations about judicial education. Our cab ride unexpectedly reminded us of the human value of the work we do.