Earlier this month, SJI Vice Chair Daniel Becker was among five state court professionals inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society. Burger Society membership is reserved for individuals who have volunteered their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways.
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 State Justice Institute (SJI) Board of Directors in 2010, and currently serves as Vice Chair. He is the newly retired Utah state court administrator, a position he held since 1995. Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) President, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor (OH) and NCSC President Mary McQueen presided over the ceremony.
Joining Mr. Becker in the celebration were SJI Board of Directors Chief Justice John Minton (KY), Chief Justice and SJI Board Chair Chase Rogers (CT), Ms. Marsha Rabiteau, President of the Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions, and SJI Executive Director Jonathan Mattiello.
The Burger Society is named for the former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who, with the Conference of Chief Justices, helped found NCSC in 1971.
A press release with full details of the other recipients and the award presentation can be found online.