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See a list of ICM Fellows from Arizona.

PHOENIX – Eleven court leaders from Arizona earned certification as a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM). The graduation ceremony took place on May 9 at the United States Supreme Court following a rigorous program of study and presentation of a research project. Arizona Fellows dominated the class with 11 representing the state out of a total class of 19.

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. The Fellows program is the highest certification and most demanding program of court management offered by the National Center for State Courts. It is the only program of its kind in the United States. The first class of Fellows achieved certification in 1970.

“We are proud that Arizona is a leader in educating court managers,” said Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch. “Completing this program provides specialized training in court management that is not available anywhere else. Becoming an ICM Fellow signifies a deep commitment to the efficient, effective administration of justice through the courts.”

To become eligible to apply 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.


List of 2014 ICM Fellows (Link to their papers following name)

Back Row:
·         Jane Carter, Pima County Justice Court
Going Paperless in a Consolidated Limited Jurisdiction Court

·         Kathy Schaben, Superior Court in Yuma County
Improving Language Access: A Pilot Video Remote Interpreter System

·         Faye Guertin, Chandler Municipal Court,
Recruitment and Retention of Multigenerational Court Staff

·         Sharon Yates, Superior Court in Coconino County
Analysis of Caseflow Management of DUIs in the Flagstaff Justice Court

·         Johnny Tse, Superior Court in Maricopa County
An Assessment of the Transition to a Paperless Initial Appearance Court

·         Marla Randall, Superior Court in Navajo County
Improving Public Access and Communications in the Navajo County Justice Courts

·         Alexis Allen, Tempe Municipal Court
Organizational Performance: A Review of Performance Measures and Tools

Front Row:
·         Nicole Zoe Garcia, Superior Court in Maricopa County
Examining Dissolutions Amongst Self-Represented Litigants in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County

·         Dyani Juarez, Casa Grande City Court
Mental Health: Scratching the Surface in Limited Jurisdiction Courts

·         Jessica Cortes, Flagstaff Municipal Court
Comparative Analysis of Arrest Warrant Issuance and Enforcement

·         Debora Wells-Guevara, Office of the Clerk of Court for Superior Court in Maricopa County
Climate Change: The Implementation of the Electronic Court Record in the Juvenile Court in Maricopa County


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