Award of Merit Criteria - Deadline April 15
Early Career Professional - Deadline April 15
Justice Achievement Award Criteria - Deadline April 15
Perkins Award - Deadline April 15

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit is presented each year at the NACM Annual Conference to recognize distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the profession of court administration.

2014 Award of Merit Recipient

 The 2014 Award of Merit is presented to Ernest Friesen (center).

Past Award of Merit Honorees:

1986 Geoff Gallas
1987 Edward B. McConnell
1988 Charles H. Starrett
1989 Stanley R. Collis
1990 Donald Cullen
199l Albert H. Szal
1992 Maureen M. Solomon
1993 John Clarke
1994 Alan Slater
1995 Thomas J. Ralston
1996 Larry P. Polansky
1997 Sheila Gonzalez
1998 Barry Mahoney
1999 John M. Greacen
2000 Gordon M. Griller
2001 Kenneth R. Palmer
2002 J. Denis Moran
2003 Frank Broccolina
2004 Janet Cornell
2005 Robert Wessels
2006 Sue K. Dosal
2007 Andra Motyka
2008 no recipient
2009 Collins Ijoma
2010 Pamela Ryder Lahey
2011 Chris Crawford
2012 Alan Carlson
2013 Norman Meyer
2014 Ernest Friesen


Justice Achievement Award

The Justice Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement and meritorious projects that enhance the administration of justice.

2013 Justice Achievement Award Recipient (No award in 2014)


Stephanie Hess (left) presents the 2013 JAA to Elizabeth Evans, probate court administrator, and probe court Presiding Judge Rosa Mroz from Maricopa County, Arizona for the project Reinventing Probate Court in Maricopa County: Restoring Public Trust and Confidence in the Judiciary. 

Honorable mention went to Los Angeles Superior Court of the project Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students (SHADES).

Past Justice Achievement Honorees:














  Perkins Award

The Perkins Award was established in 2013 to honor long-time association manager Linda Perkins, who was the first recipient. The award will be presented annually to an individual who consistently goes above and beyond to make behind-the-scenes contributions to the field of court administration and/or their court.

The 2014 Perkins Award winner was Mary Cowherd of Texas.

Mary Cowherd & David Slayton

Linda Perkins