CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Louisiana Judicial Administrator Hugh M. Collins, Ph.D. was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Palmer Award in recognition of his service to the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices and COSCA held in Mackinac Island, Michigan. The award was presented to Collins by COSCA President J.D. Gingerich.
According to Gingerich, “The Kenneth R. Palmer Distinguished Service Award is presented to someone who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and excellence in judicial administration and has helped to advance the purposes of COSCA. It is not an annual award, but is given on rare occasions to honor one whose work exemplifies the very best of resoluteness and commitment to improving the administration of justice in our country.”
Collins has been the Louisiana Judicial Administrator since 1988 and during this time has served simultaneously as the Chief Executive Officer of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana. He is a 1980 graduate of the Institute for Court Management and received his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tulane University in 1971.
In addition to the Kenneth Palmer Award presented by COSCA, Collins has also received the National Center for State Courts’ Distinguished Service Award, the American Judges Association’s Glenn R. Winters Award and in 1998, he was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society.
A member of numerous professional and civic organizations throughout his career, Collins currently is a COSCA liaison to the American Judges Association and a member of the Louisiana Court Administrators Association, the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the COSCA Court Statistics Project, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, the Louisiana State/Federal Judicial Council, the Forum of the Advancement of Court Technology, the Governor’s Advisory and Review Commission on Assistant District Attorneys, the Royal Street Advisory Board, the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee, the FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board, the Board of Directors of Partners in Art of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Board of Directors of Alliance Française, and the scientific research society of Sigma Xi.