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Chase Rogers has been the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court since 2007. She served as a judge on the Connecticut Appellate Court from 2006 to 2007, and as a judge on the Connecticut Superior Court from 1998 to 2006. Prior to becoming a judge, she was a partner at Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut, where she focused on employment law and commercial litigation. She served on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) from 2008 to 2011. She has been a member of the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States since 2012; member of the National Center for State Courts Expanding Court Access to Justice Project Advisory Committee since 2012; member of the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative Committee since 2014; member of the Connecticut Bar Foundation Nominating Committee since 2007; Ex Officio Member, American Law Institute; and Ex Officio Director, Connecticut Bar Foundation. Chief Justice Rogers was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010, and currently serves as Chair. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 2012. She received an Honorary degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2010, and an Honorary degree from the University of Hartford in 2011. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and B.A. from Stanford University.
Chief Judge Lippman (ret.) is currently Of Counsel for Latham & Watkins, LLP in New York City, New York. He previously served as Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, a position he held since 2009. Chief Judge Lippman spent his entire legal career in the New York State court system, serving for 40 years in a variety of roles. He was Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, First Department from 2007 to 2009; an Associate Justice of the Appellate Term for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts from 2006 to 2007; a Justice of the Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District from 2006 to 2009; and Chief Administrative Judge of all New York State Courts from 1996 to 2007. Chief Judge Lippman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, former President of the Conference of State Court Administrators, and former Vice Chair of the Board of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, which the NCSC awarded to him in 2008. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2013. He holds a B.A. from New York University in Government and International Relations and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
John D. Minton Jr. is serving his second eight-year term on the Supreme Court of Kentucky and his third four-year term as chief justice. The Kentucky court system has been transformed in many areas during his administration. He steered Kentucky courts through the Great Recession by creating efficiencies at all four levels of the court system. He has made it a priority to invest in the people who operate the courts and in the court technology that can cut costs and deliver better service. His sweeping technology initiative has brought eFiling to every Kentucky county. He addressed lagging Judicial Branch compensation by overhauling the salary structure for court employees and increasing pay for circuit court clerks. He’s currently working to improve stagnant salaries for judges. During his tenure, the Supreme Court has adopted the state’s first uniform Family Court Rules and Juvenile Court Rules. He has worked with the Executive and Legislative branches to carry out penal code and juvenile justice reform. He is the 2016-2017 president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2016. He was previously in private practice and a judge for the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. He holds degrees from Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
David Brewer is currently a Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. He previously served on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2013, and was chief judge from 2004 to 2013. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, he served as a state court trial judge and presided over criminal and civil matters. Previously, Justice Brewer was a Partner at the law firm Lombard, Gardner, Honsowetz & Brewer. He is a past President of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeals. In 2008, Justice Brewer received the National Center for State Court’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the development of performance measures for the nation’s state appellate courts. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2011. He holds a B.A. in economics from California State University at Sonoma and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Judge Nachtigal is currently a Senior Circuit Court Judge in Washington County, Oregon. She has been a judge since 1991, serving as the Presiding Judge from 1996 to 2002. She served as Lead Judge for 10 years on the Criminal Court Team. Judge Nachtigal is also involved in the American Judges Association where she served as Secretary, First and Second Vice President, and President. From 1999 to 2005, Judge Nachtigal served on the board of the National Center for State Courts, and the NCSC Court Consulting Advisory Board from 2000 to 2005. She has also previously served on the Oregon Judicial Conference Judicial Conduct Committee and the Court Technology Committee, as well as on the Oregon Uniform Trial Court Rules Committee. She was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010. She received a B.L.S. from Bowling Green State University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Judge Wilfredo Martinez is currently a Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Orange County. He was initially appointed to the Court in 1998. Previously, Judge Martinez was a sole practitioner in Orlando, focusing on real estate and business law. Prior to that, he was in-house counsel for a manufacturer, distributor and retailer; worked for an insurance defense firm; and served as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association of Florida. Judge Martinez is the former president of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts and a member of the Florida Conference of County Court Judges. He has served as a Commissioner on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Commissioner on the Florida State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Board Member of the Florida Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; Vice Chairman of the Orange County Citizen Review Board; Chairman of the Orange County Children, Youth and Family Advisory Board; Founding Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida; Board Member of the Orange County Bar Association Foundation; Founder and Director of the 9th Judicial Circuit Courthouse Law Academy; Chairman of the 9th Judicial Circuit Citizen Advisory Board; Judicial Representative of the City of Orlando Redistricting Advisory Board; and Board Member for the 9th Judicial Circuit Racial and Ethnic Bias Committee. He is a recipient of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida Excellence Award, and has been recognized by CISCO and FedEx as one of the top 10,000 World Leaders and Influencers. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010. He received a B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Daniel Becker has served as State Court Administrator at the Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of Utah since 1995. In that capacity, he is responsible to the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Judicial Council for the administration of the state court system. From 1984 to 1995, Mr. Becker worked for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts serving in the positions of: Deputy Director (1993-1995); Court Services Administrator (1986-1993); and Assistant to the Director (1984-1986). He also held the position of Trial Court Administrator for the Fourteenth Judicial District of North Carolina, and Assistant Director of Operations for the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. From 2004 to 2005, he served as President of the Conference of State Court Administrators and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. Mr. Becker was the recipient of the 2006 Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration. He was initially appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He holds a B.A. and M.P.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and attended the Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
John Nalbandian is a partner in the Litigation Department of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He concentrates on appellate and complex litigation in state and federal courts and is a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice group. Mr. Nalbandian has represented clients in a wide range of areas including antitrust, class actions, products liability, intellectual property, and white collar crime. Mr. Nalbandian is a member of the Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and District of Columbia Bars. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Specialty Board and is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program’s Board of Directors. John is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and serves on the Life Member Committee. He has served as a Board member of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky and the Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed Board of Directors. He has been recognized annually since 2007 by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Appellate Law. He has served as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and is a frequent presenter on appellate practice. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010.
Hernán D. Vera is a Principal at Bird Marella in Los Angeles, where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and class action defense. He also counsels and advises clients on risk management in public matters where a problem-solving, community approach is essential to the success of the litigation. He previously served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono, public interest law firm. He was the first Latino leader of the 40-year-old civil rights organization, which is based in Los Angeles. Mr. Vera was a commercial litigator with the international firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he specialized in class actions. Mr. Vera has also worked as an Education Staff Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and clerked for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. He makes frequent media appearances on issues relating to access to justice, civil rights, and consumer protection. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010. Mr. Vera received an A.B., with Distinction, from Stanford University, and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Marsha J. Rabiteau is Executive Director of the Legal Policy Strategies Group. She has also served as Associate General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc., as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Director of Civil Justice Policy for The Hartford Financial Services Group, and Litigation Counsel and Crisis Manager for The Dow Chemical Company. She has participated as the chair or co-chair of the following organizations: Civil Justice Reform Group; Product Liability Advisory Council Foundation; IADC Class Action and Aggregated Torts Committee; and Federalist Society Litigation Practice Group. She is on the National Judicial College’s Advisory Council, on the George Mason University’s Law and Economic Center’s Advisory Board, and is a member of the Michigan and Wisconsin Bars. She was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.
Isabel Framer is the founder and principal partner of Language Access Consultants, LLC. Since 1998, Ms. Framer has worked as a consultant to defense attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, and advocacy firms on language access for limited English proficient communities in the court system. She is a state court-certified judiciary interpreter and has been qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings regarding language access and interpreter standards. Ms. Framer was also a board member of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators from 2003 to 2009, serving as chair from 2007 to 2009. She was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 2010.