The National Center for State Courts ongoing call for submissions

Posted by Jessica Rider, community karma 51
The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. At the First National Conference of the Judiciary, held in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1971, Chief Justice Warren Burger called for the creation of a central resource for the state courts—a "national center for state courts." The National Center for State Courts began operations that same year at the headquarters of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., before moving to its permanent headquarters in Williamsburg in 1978. The National Center for State Court's current mission, improving judicial administration through leadership and service to the state courts, springs logically from its original purpose as an information clearinghouse so that innovations in one court can benefit all courts. 

The The National Center for State Courts is now accepting submissions for the 2020 edition of Trends in State Courts, our quarterly Trends Close Up, and our monthly Trends On-line publications. Previous publications can be viewed here:

Authors need only submit a 500-word abstract on a topic that will help state courts anticipate and manage change so as to increase public accountability, trust, and confidence in the justice system. If your abstract is selected for publication, you will need to submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word essay on your approved topic and must not already be published elsewhere.

Please visit our page at or reach out to our editors John Holtzclaw, Chuck Campbell, and Jessica Rider at

We look forward to receiving your scholarship.