President's Message

 April 2018

By  Judge Melanie May


CCJSCA Leaps Into Spring

Happy Spring!  Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!  I send good wishes to all and some warm weather to our northern state members.

Your Long-Range Planning Committee and Executive Committee are hard at work preparing for their upcoming face-to-face meetings at the end of April.  I’m sure we will have a lot to report after these meetings take place.  Kudos to Judge Morris Silberman and his team for their herculean efforts to lead the Council into the future with a new and inspired strategic plan.

The Administration of Justice Committee has recently met (by phone that is) and reviewed the Resolutions passed by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators.  The Committee is recommending our approval and adoption of them.  They include such important topics as: the rebuilding of the American Judicature Society, a Commitment to Awareness and Training on Workplace Harassment in the Judicial Branch, Expanding Meaningful Access to Justice for All, establishing Principles of the National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices, supporting the Reauthorization of Federal Funding to Expand Court Appointed Special Advocate Programs (CASA), and in Support of the Revised Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children.

The Newsletter Committee is receiving articles for the next edition of the Chief’s Brief.  And, if all goes as planned, this edition will be full of information on what’s happening in each of your committees.  I can tell you one thing, none of them are sitting idle.

Our Nominations Committee, chaired by our past-president, Judge William Murphy, is also gearing up for next year’s slate of officers and executive committee members, and inductees into our Hall of Fame.  Don’t be shy.  If you are interested in taking a more active role in the Council or you have someone worthy of the Hall of Fame, please let us know.

Thanks to the Education Committee, chaired by our President-Elect, Judge Maggie Robb, and the work of Judge Dave Gratton, you will see a link to great writing tips from Professor Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho for the Advocate, the official publication of the Idaho Bar.  Look for Judge Karen Arnold-Burger’s article and read all about it.

Our Website Committee, ably chaired by Justice Vance Raye, has big plans, but we have to save something for next month’s edition.

Don’t forget to read the Chief’s Brief, and I’ll be back next month with more news! 









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