Williamsburg, Va. (July 31, 2013) – Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Both positions are one-year terms and are effective immediately.
“Chief Justice Heavican is a remarkable leader, both in his state and on the national level. His long-standing commitment to improving and preserving the justice system will help guide the work of NCSC and CCJ, the country’s leading court organizations,” NCSC President Mary C. McQueen said. “We are fortunate to have someone of Chief Justice Heavican’s knowledge and experience step into these leadership roles.”
Heavican became Nebraska Chief Justice in 2006. He came to the state court system from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Nebraska. He was appointed in to that office in 2001 by President George W. Bush. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chief Justice Heavican also served as Acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney and as Criminal Chief. Prior to joining the federal court system, Chief Justice Heavican served in the Lancaster County, Nebraska, Attorney’s Office from 1975-90. He was the elected Lancaster County Attorney from 1981- 90.
CCJ was founded in 1949 and is comprised of the top judicial officers of each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The national court association promotes the interests and effectiveness of state judicial systems by developing policies and educational programs designed to improve court operations. CCJ also acts as the primary representative of the state courts before Congress and federal executive agencies.
The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court 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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