Ross A. Munns, Assistant Court Administrator with the Administrative Unit 3 of the North Dakota Judiciary in Bismarck delivered a speech May 10 at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after being selected as class spokesman and representative by members of his Institute for Court Management (ICM) graduating class.
At the ceremony, Munns became a Fellow of the ICM, having successfully completed the rigorous requirements of ICM's Fellows Program. Munns and ten other court professionals from around the United States took part in graduation ceremonies conducted at the Supreme Court
The Honorable Myron T. Steele, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware and President of the Conference of Chief Justices welcomed and addressed the graduates.
The ICM Fellows Program (formerly known as the Court Executive Development Program) is the only program of its kind in the United States. This professional certification program was established more than 40 years ago, in part, by Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger in his call for improving the management of state court administration. The intensive four-phase educational program better prepares court professionals for management and leadership positions.
Since the first class of graduates in 1970, nearly 1,200 court professionals in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and 12 foreign countries have become Fellows.
Becoming an ICM Fellow is a process of continual professional development that includes four steps:
The National Center for State Courts, founded by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in 1971, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to imprqving the administration of justice by providing leadership, research, technology, education and training to the state courts.
May 13, 2013