Board of Directors, 2021-2022

Chair/Vice Chair

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Providence, RI

Chief Justice Suttell serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President of the Conference of Chief Justices. He joined the Supreme Court of Rhode Island in 2003 and became Chief Justice in 2009. He also served on the Rhode Island Family Court, was in private practice for twelve years, and a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives for seven years. Chief Justice Suttell joined the Board of Directors in August 2019.

State Court Administrator
Minnesota Judicial Branch
St. Paul, MN

Jeff Shorba serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He became state court administrator in Minnesota in 2012 after serving ten years as Deputy State Court Administrator. He previously served as General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Associate General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was in private practice. Mr. Shorba joined the NCSC Board of Directors in August 2019.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Chief Justice Rush serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect of the Conference of Chief Justices. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Indiana in 2012 and became Chief Justice in 2014. Before her appointment she was a Superior Court judge for 14 years and spent 15 years in private practice. Chief Justice Rush joined the Board of Directors in February 2020

Executive Secretary
Supreme Court of Virginia
Richmond, VA

Karl R. Hade serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of President-Elect of the Conference of State Court Administrators. He became the state court administrator of Virginia in 2005 after serving as Director of the Department of Judicial Information Technology. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Directors

National Center for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA

Mary McQueen serves ex officio as a non-voting member of the NCSC’s Board of Directors in her capacity as President of the National Center for State Courts. Ms. McQueen served for over eighteen years as the State Court Administrator of Washington. She assumed the position of President of the National Center for State Courts in August 2004.

Circuit Court Judge
11th Judicial Circuit
Miami, FL

Jennifer D. Bailey serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. She is a general jurisdiction trial court judge serving as a circuit court judge in Miami-Dade, Florida. She has been on the court for over twenty-three years and is the Administrative Judge for the Civil Division. Judge Bailey joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Washington, DC

Barry P. Barbash serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large non-judicial branch member. He is a Senior Counsel with Wilke Farr & Gallagher and co-head of the Asset Management Group. Mr. Barbash has been a practitioner in asset management for over 35 years and served as the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management. Mr. Barbash joined the Board of Directors on August 2018.

District Court Administrator
10th Judicial Administrative District
Athens, GA

Tracy “T.J.” BeMent serves on the NCSC Board of Directors representing the National Association for Court Management. He is the District Court Administrator in Athens, Georgia. He has worked in the courts for more than 15 years serving in Georgia, Nevada, and the District of Columbia. Mr. BeMent joined the Board of Directors in 2019.

Chief Judge, Court of Appeals
Washington, DC

Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of First Vice President of the Conference of Chief Justices. She became Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in March 2017.  She has served on the Court of Appeals since 2006 and on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000-2006. Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby joined the Board of Directors in August 2021.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Washington, DC

Reginald J. Brown works for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Previously, he was with the WilmerHale law firm where he was the chairman of the firm's Financial Institutions Group and also led the firm's congressional investigations practice as vice chair of the firm's Crisis Management and Strategic Response Group. He joined the firm in 1997 and served as special assistant to the President and associate White House Counsel from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Brown provides counsel on issues affecting the intersection of government, law, media and public policy. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Court Administrator
Cleveland Municipal Court
Cleveland, OH

Russell R. Brown, III serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is a trial court administrator for the Cleveland Municipal Court. He has been with the court for over twenty years, initially joining as a magistrate, then mediation coordinator in 1997 after having served as an assistant city prosecutor in Cleveland. Mr. Brown joined the Board of Directors in August 2017.

Administrative Director
Administrative Office of the Courts
Frankfort, KY

Laurie K. Dudgeon serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of Past President of the Conference of State Court Administrators. She became the state court administrator in Kentucky in 2009. She previously practiced law in Kentucky and South Carolina and was Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Ms. Dudgeon joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Vice President & General Counsel (retired)
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Irving, TX

Randall M. Ebner serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He retired as Vice President and General Counsel of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He had been with Exxon Mobil’s law department since graduating Tulane Law School in 1980. Mr. Ebner joined the Board of Directors in November 2016.

Lashly & Baer, P.C.
St. Louis, MO

Jimmie M. Edwards serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He is a former general jurisdiction trial court judge in St. Louis, Missouri, and was previously the Director of Public Safety for St. Louis. He now works for Lashly & Baer, P.C. Mr. Edwards joined the Board of Directors in August 2017.

Sr. Vice President & General Counsel (retired)
Eli Lilly and Company
Zionsville, IN

Michael J. Harrington serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He retired as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company. Before joining Eli Lilly in 1991 Mr. Harrington was a litigator at the law firm of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX

Chief Justice Hecht serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of Past President of the Conference of Chief Justices.  He joined the Supreme Court of Texas in 1988 and was appointed Chief Justice in 2013. He has also served on the District Court and Texas Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Hecht joined the Board of Directors in August 2018.

Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Selective Insurance Group
Branchville, NJ

Michael H. Lanza serves on the NSCS Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at-large non-judicial member.  He is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Selective Insurance Company of America, with oversight of the legal department, as well as the regulatory, ethics and compliance functions and legislative and government affairs. He also serves as Selective’s Chief Compliance Officer.  Mr. Lanza joined the Board of Directors in August 2021.

Michael Maguire & Associates
Costa Mesa, CA

Michael P. Maguire began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, California. He then was a founding partner of Nyman, Johnson and Maguire. Later he became the Managing Attorney of State Farm Insurance staff counsel. Today he is with Michael Maguire and Associates. In 2019-2020 Mr. Maguire served as national President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Appellate Judge
Fourth District Court of Appeal
West Palm Beach, FL

Judge Melanie G. May was appointed Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals in Florida in 2002. She served as Chief Judge of that Court from 2011 until 2013. Prior to being appointed to the Court of Appeals, she was Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court from 1991 until 2002. She was in private practice from 1982 until 1991. She is Past President of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. Judge May joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

U.S. Ambassador (retired)
U.S Department of the State
Silver Spring, MD

Ambassador Dan W. Mozena serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. He joined the U.S. Foreign Services in 1981 and has served as U.S. Ambassador to Angola and Bangladesh. Ambassador Mozena joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Crowe & Mulvey
Boston, MA

Elizabeth N. Mulvey serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at-large non-judicial member.  She is a founding partner at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP.  Ms. Mulvey has a special interest in personal injury law pertaining to patient safety and electronic health records. Ms. Mulvey is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, elected as an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Ms. Mulvey joined the Board of Directors in August 2021.

Professor of Law
Susan Gurley Daniels Chair in Civil Advocacy
Director, Civil Justice Program & Journalist Law School
Los Angeles, CA

John T. Nockleby is director of the Civil Justice Program, the Journalist Law School and has been a professor at Loyola Law School since 1989. Professor Nockleby received his B.A. from the University of Montana, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. From 1993-95, Professor Nockleby served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has also taught at the Northeastern University School of Law, and the Southwest Institute of Law and Political Science in Chongqing, China. Professor Nockleby joined the Board of Directors in August 2020.

Ciresi Conlin, LLP
Minneapolis, MN

Kathleen Flynn Peterson is Partner with Ciresi Conlin LLP. Her practice focuses on medical negligence cases. She serves as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the International Society of Barristers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. She is past president of the American Association for Justice, the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ trial bar association. She is currently co-chair of the NCSC Lawyers Committee. Ms. Peterson joined the Board of Directors in August 2019.

President
Volcker Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

Thomas W. Ross serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large, non-judicial branch member. He is currently President of the Volcker Alliance having previously served as President of the University of North Carolina and Davidson College. He also served as North Carolina Superior Court judge for 17 years and as the North Carolina state court administrator. Mr. Ross joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

State Court Administration
Unified Judicial System
Pierre, SD

Greg Sattizahn serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the capacity of Vice President of the Conference of State Court Administrators.  He became the state court administrator for South Dakota in 2013 after being in private practice and serving as Legal and Legislative Counsel and Director of Policy and Legal Services for the South Dakota Unified Judicial System.  He joined the Board in August 2021.

Judge
Queens Criminal Court
Kew Gardens, NY

Toko Serita serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at large member. She is a limited jurisdiction trial court judge serving the New York City Criminal Court in Queens County, New York. She presides over the Human Trafficking Intervention Court as well as the drug treatment and mental health courts in Queens. Judge Serita joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Judge, Superior Court Santa Clara County
San Jose, CA

Erica R. Yew serves on the NCSC Board of Directors in the category reserved for an at-large member.  She is a general jurisdiction trial court judge serving on the Santa Clara County, California Superior Court since 2001 presiding over a dependency drug treatment court and problem-solving courts.  Judge Yew joined the Board of Directors in August 2021.