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Utah State Court Administrator receives national award Dan Becker named Kenneth Palmer Distinguished Service Award recipient
Williamsburg, VA (Aug. 14, 2013) Daniel Becker, Utah State Court Administrator, is the recipient of the 2013 Kenneth R. Palmer Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). The award is presented bi-annually to a current or past state court administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and excellence in judicial administration, or significantly advanced COSCA’s mission. Ken Palmer was a COSCA member from 1985 to 2002.
In their nomination letter, Becker’s COSCA colleagues called him “a perfect fit for this award,” citing his extensive work both statewide and nationally to promote access to justice and fairness in the courts. “Indeed, when one thinks of the positive, professional, accomplished emblem of what all state court administrators strive to be, it is Dan’s visage that comes to mind,” wrote state court administrators Pat Griffin of Delaware and Steve Canterbury of West Virginia.
After receiving the award in July at the annual meeting of COSCA and the Conference of Chief Justices, Becker said: “To be recognized by one’s colleagues is the highest honor, and that the recognition is named for Kenneth Palmer makes it all that more special. Ken Palmer was a role model and inspiration to all who have made the administration of justice their calling.”
Becker has served as Utah State Court Administrator since 1995. During this time, Utah has successfully used cutting-edge technology to enhance court access, including implementing an online court assistance program, restructuring the office of clerk of court, creating a virtual Self-Help Center for litigants needing court information and documents, expanding drug courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution programs and problem solving courts statewide, and providing extensive performance information, which is accessible online.
COSCA was established in 1955 and is dedicated to the improvement of state court systems. Its membership consists of the state court administrator or equivalent official in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
The National Center for State Courts provides executive secretariat services to COSCA. NCSC, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.