ARCHIVED: New Scholarship Seeks Law Librarians Interested In Expanding their Knowledge of Court Administration

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May 31, 2001

The American Association of Law Libraries is currently accepting applications for a new scholarship, created with a donation from AALL member Marcia Koslov, for members interested in developing their administrative and management skills in a court leadership role.

The annual scholarship covers the tuition costs of one recipient per year to attend the Court Executive Development Program at the Institute for Court Management, the premier educational program for court administration sponsored by the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Va. The CEDP provides comprehensive instruction in the technical, interpersonal and conceptual skills needed by court managers and leaders. With the program courses divided among four phases, the scholarship recipient will be funded to attend the six courses that comprise Phase I of the CEDP, which focuses on management of court operations. Should the recipient successfully complete Phases II (leadership and management in the courts and justice environment) and III (court improvement project), he or she may request additional funding to attend Phase IV, the final week-long summation and graduation.

The scholarship was established in 1999-2000 by Marcia Koslov, director of Knowledge Management for the National Center for State Courts, to encourage law librarians to attend the Institute for Court Management. Her positive experience in the CEDP helped her develop a more fundamental understanding of the work of the courts and provided a stronger base for her daily interactions with court administrative staff at all levels. "Attending CEDP helped me develop a more in-depth understanding of court administration and enabled a better sense of the opportunities law librarians have as part of the court administration team," Koslov said.

The AALL Scholarship Committee and the State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section jointly administer the scholarship. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be current members of AALL and the State, Court and County Law Libraries SIS. The application deadline is Oct. 30.