Kentucky court director named to leadership positions in two national court organizations


Lorri Montgomery
Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts

Kentucky court director named to leadership positions in two national court organizations

Laurie DudgeonWilliamsburg, Va., August 6, 2020 – Laurie Dudgeon, director of the Administrative Office of the Kentucky Courts, has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and vice-chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. Both positions are one-year terms and became effective last week at the conclusion of the annual joint meeting of COSCA and the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ).

COSCA, which is comprised of the top administrators of the court systems in each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories, is committed to strengthening the judicial branch by improving the quality of state courts and increasing the public’s trust and confidence in the justice system. It works closely with CCJ on issues of mutual interest.

“The nation’s state courts have benefited tremendously from Laurie’s leadership skills and her willingness to tackle the toughest challenges,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen. “Laurie served as vice-chair of the national judicial task force to reform court fines, fees and bail practices, which has made significant progress in these areas. She has earned a seat on the national stage through her innovative and tireless approach to making the courts more efficient and effective.”

As a member of the COSCA Board, Dudgeon has served as co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Education Committee and Criminal Justice Committee. She also is a member of the Joint Technology Committee for COSCA and the National Association for Court Management.

Dudgeon has served as Kentucky’s top court administrator since 2009. She previously served as executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and as a staff attorney in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.

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