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Chief Justice Jim R. Hannah

Jim Hannah served as the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 2005 to 2015, and successfully ran statewide contested elections for Chief Justice (2004) and Associate Justice (2000). At the time of his retirement, he was the longest serving judge in the state of Arkansas. He was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, and by President Obama to SJI, where he served as Chairman from 2010 until his death. He also served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices; Chairman of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors; and former President and Board Member, Arkansas Judicial Council.

Chief Justice Hannah served as a Juvenile Judge for White County, Arkansas from 1976-1978, and was elected as a Chancery/Probate Judge in the 17th Judicial District, 1979-2000. His previous work in the legal profession included serving as the Searcy City Attorney; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Woodruff County; City Judge for Kensett and Rosebud; City Attorney for Augusta, Bradford, Des Arc, Garner, Kensett and Rosebud; and Private Attorney, Lightle, Tedder, Hannah & Beebe Law Firm, Searcy, Arkansas.

His many accolades and accomplishments include the establishment of the White County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation Office; former Chair, Arkansas Judicial Council’s Judicial Resources Assessment, Legislative, and Retirement committees; Member, Arkansas Supreme Court Committees for Access to Justice, Client Security Fund, Technology, Child Support and District Court Resources Board; Chair, Drug Court Advisory Committee; Faculty Advisor, National Judicial College; Member, Arkansas Board of Pardons and Paroles, 1972-79; former legislative assistant to then-Governor Dale Bumpers; former Chairman and past member of the Arkansas Court Reporters Examiners Board; and Member, Arkansas Bar Association.

Chief Justice Hannah graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1968, and held a BSBA (Accounting) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


Chief Justice Robert A. Miller

Robert A. Miller (ret.) served over 30 years as a member of the South Dakota judiciary. He took office as Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court in 1990. He was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 1998, which he chaired until 2010.


Chief Justice Arthur A. McGiverin

Arthur A. McGiverin (ret.) served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa from 1987 to 2000. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1998, and served until 2010.


Tommy E. Jewell

Tommy E. Jewell (ret.) was a judge on the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 1991 to 2005, where he served as the Presiding Children’s Court Judge. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995, and served until 2010.


Carlos R. Garza

Carlos R. Garza (ret.), Administrative Judge, U.S. Department of Energy Board of Contract Appeals, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1992 until 2009.


Terry Adamson

Terry Adamson is the Chief Legal Officer and Board of Trustees Secretary at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990, and served until 2010.


Joseph F. Baca

Joseph F. Baca was a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 1989 until 2003, serving as Chief Justice from 1994 to 1996. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1994, and served until 2010.


Robert Baldwin

Robert Baldwin is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the National Center for State Courts. He previously served as State Court Administrator of Virginia from 1976 to 2005. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1994, and served until 2010.


Carl F. Bianchi

Carl F. Bianchi, former Administrative Director of the Courts for the State of Idaho, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1990 to 1994.


David A. Brock

David A. Brock (ret.), Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1992, and served until 1998. He served as Co-Chairman of the Board from 1995 to 1998.


Joseph W. Brown

Joseph W. Brown, an attorney with Jones, Jones, Close & Brown of Las Vegas, Nevada, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1988 to 1990.


James Duke Cameron

James Duke Cameron (ret.), Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1994.


Lawrence H. Cooke

Lawrence H. Cooke (ret.), Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1986 to 1988.


John F. Daffron

John F. Daffron (ret.), a Chief Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit, Chesterfield, Virginia, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1998. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1994, and Co-Chairman of the Board from 1995 to 1998.


Vivi L. Dilweg

Vivi L. Dilweg (ret.), a Circuit Court Judge in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990, and served until 1995.


Ralph J. Erickstad

Ralph J. Erickstad (ret.), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Dakota, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1987, and served until 1990.


Janice L. Gradwohl

Janice L. Gradwohl (ret.), Presiding Judge of the County Court, Third Judicial District of Nebraska, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1995.


Sophia Hall

Sophia Hall is the Administrative Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department of the Cook County (Chicago), Circuit Court of Illinois. She was appointed to the SJI Board of Directors in 1998, and served until 2010.


Malcolm M. Lucas

Malcolm M. Lucas (ret.), Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990, and served until1994. Chief Justice Lucas served as Chairman of the Board from 1991 to 1994.


Keith McNamara

Keith McNamara is a lawyer with the firm of McNamara & McNamara in Columbus, Ohio. From 1961 to 1972, he served as a member of the House of Representatives, Ohio General Assembly. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990, and served until 2010.


Daniel J. Meador

Daniel J. Meador, James Monroe Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Virginia, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1992.


Florence K. Murray

Florence K. Murray, was an Associate Justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1994, and served until her death in 2004.


Sandra Ann O’Connor

Sandra Ann O’Connor was the States Attorney for Baltimore County, Maryland from 1975 to 2006. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 2010.


Rodney A. Peeples

Rodney A. Peeples (ret.), Circuit Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1990.


Larry P. Polansky

Larry P. Polansky, former Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Courts, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1990.


Janie L. Shores

Janie L. Shores (ret.), an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995, and served until 1998.


C. C. (Bo) Torbert, Jr

C. C. (Bo) Torbert, Jr. (ret.), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, and served until 1992. Chief Justice Torbert served as Chairman of the Board from 1986 to 1991.