Arizona Judicial Branch

ICM Fellow

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PHOENIX - Courts in Yavapai County, Phoenix and Tucson are represented by the latest Arizona court professionals to graduate from the Institute for Court Management Fellows program. The Fellows program is the highest certification and most demanding program of court management and the only program of its kind in the United States.

The final step of the Fellows process includes a three-day master class held in Washington, DC, during which participants present and reflect upon the results of their court research and improvement projects. Successful participants are recognized at a graduation ceremony held at the United States Supreme Court and awarded certification as a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

The new Fellows are:

  • Heather Seets, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Manager, Superior Court in Yavapai County, Prescott, Arizona. She conducted research and presented on Victim Offender Mediation and Dialogue in Adult Criminal Cases
  • Keith B. Kaplan, Assistant Court Administrator, Criminal Division, Phoenix Municipal Court, Phoenix, ArizonaHis thesis and presentation was entitled Model for the Successful Implementation of Court Technology.
  • Laura Spain, Deputy Court Administrator, Tucson City Court, Tucson, ArizonaHer research and presentation was on Achieving Excellence: Mastering Quality Assurance at Tucson City Court.

To become eligible for a fellowship, applicants must have completed the Certified Court Manager process and the successor program, Certified Court Executive. Both of these programs demand rigorous study covering a broad array of topics including: caseflow management; court performance standards; managing financial resources; technology projects; court-community communication; strategic planning and more.

2017 ICM Fellows
Photo Left to Right: Heather Seets, Keith Kaplan, and Laura Spain.

The ICM Fellows Program (formerly the Court Executive Development Program) is the flagship program of the National Center for State Court's (NCSC) Institute for Court Management (ICM). The only program of its kind in the United States, the Fellows Program traces its history to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger's call for improved management of court administration. The overall purpose of the Fellows Program is leadership development. Successful graduates of the Fellows program earn the distinction of being a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management.

More information about becoming an ICM Fellow is available at the NCSC Website