Message from the President

In this edition of the President's Message, I would like to discuss two things that your Executive Committee and other committee members have been working diligently on all year for your benefit.

    First, the interactive learning modules on governance of a court of appeal are available on the Council website.  Whether you are an incoming chief or already have experience serving as chief, you will hopefully find the information contained in them to be useful and practical. These modules further enhance the value of the website and your access to it through membership in the Council. Visit the website often to get the full benefit of it.

    Second, your Annual Conference Committee has been working hard on the 37th Annual Conference of the Council to be held on November 12-16, 2016, at the beautiful Umstead Resort and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. Based upon this year’s conference theme, “Leading the Courts of the Future,” our program is focused on making us better chiefs and better judges in a rapidly changing judicial environment. Under the outstanding leadership of Judge Morris Silberman from the Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa, Florida, the Annual Conference Committee has put together an exceptional educational program, including presentations on working with millennials, the ethical limitations of independent research by appellate judges, digital reading and writing, and the United States Supreme Court. A fascinating historical program on Watergate, featuring the deputy chief counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Sam Ervin IV, the grandson of Senator Ervin, the chair of the Watergate Committee, should be of interest to judges, spouses, and guests.

    Through the efforts of our host committee of North Carolina appellate judges, spouses and guests, as usual, will have an array of social activities to enjoy, including the many amenities of the Umstead Spa, museum and garden tours, and a visit to a well-known potter in the area.

    Once again, we are asking you and your guests to bring children’s books from pre-K through sixth grade to donate to a local school serving children from impoverished neighborhoods.

    I look forward to seeing you in November.


William D. Palmer   
Judge, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
President, Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, 2015-2016