ARCHIVED: Washington Law Librarian Wins First Koslov Scholarship

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January 17, 2002

A Washington state law librarian will get the chance to hone her management and leadership skills in court administration after becoming the first recipient of the Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover the tuition costs for Kay E. Newman, law library director at the Spokane County Law Library, to attend the Court Executive Development Program at the Institute for Court Management. The ICM is the premier educational program for court administration, sponsored by the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Va.

"I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the first recipient of the Koslov scholarship," Newman said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to learn skills to strengthen the law library's position within the community as part of the justice team."

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, Newman will be funded to attend the six courses that comprise Phase I of the CEDP, which focuses on management of court operations. Should Newman successfully complete Phases II (leadership and management in the courts and justice environment) and III (court improvement project), she may request additional funding to attend Phase IV, the final week-long summation and graduation.

Newman was chosen as the scholarship winner because of her dedication to enhancing the mission and quality of the Spokane County Law Library. As law library director, Newman pulls triple duty as librarian, administrator and financial officer for her library -- all within strict administrative and budgetary constrictions. She assists a variety of library users, including the judiciary, attorneys and pro se patrons. She works with the County Board of Commissioners on policy decisions concerning access to legal information, balancing costs, formats and availability. Newman even appears before executive and legislative bodies and lobbyists regularly to gain more funding and support for her library.

"Kay is the ideal candidate for the Court Executive Development Program," said Marcia J. Koslov, deputy law librarian at the University of Texas at Austin, Jamail Legal Research Center, Tarlton Law Library. "As the first recipient of this scholarship, her education, experience and professionalism provide an exemplary model and set a high standard for future candidates."

"The Institute for Court Management is delighted to join AALL in awarding Kay Newman the scholarship for education in court administration for the Court Executive Development Program. Ms. Newman's demonstrated commitment to her professional growth in the field of court administration made the committee's choice an easy one," said Mary Sammon, director of the Court Executive Development Program. "All of us at ICM wish Ms. Newman continued success as she works toward completing the Court Executive Development Program and becoming a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management."

The Koslov scholarship was established in 1999-2000 with a donation from Marcia J. Koslov, who is a Fellow of ICM, to encourage law librarians to attend the Court Executive Development Program.