50th Anniversary News


Date: July 2, 2013

Author: Stacey Raits

G. Thomas Munsterman Receives The National Judicial College’s Advancement of Justice Award

G. Thomas “Tom” Munsterman, director emeritus of the Center for Jury Studies of the National Center for State Courts, was awarded The National Judicial College’s Advancement of Justice Award on June 23, 2013 in Chicago. The Advancement of Justice award is bestowed upon a person who has demonstrated dedication to improving justice. The award was presented to Munsterman during the reception for the NJC’s symposium, The Jury Trial in the 21st Century. This was the second of three symposia presented this year by the College to commemorate its 50 years of education – innovation – advancing justice.

Tom received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and a masters in engineering from George Washington University. He served as a consultant to New York’s Jury Project and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvements. He is the author of “Jury System Management”; co-editor of “Jury Trial Innovations”; and co-author of “Managing Notorious Trials.” For 17 years, he was the author of a column on “Jury News” in the quarterly publication “Court Manager.” He has served on the faculty for many state and national judicial branch education programs including at The National Judicial College for 13 years. He has testified as the court’s expert witness in cases concerning jury representativeness/jury management before state legislative committees. He was a member of the ABA’s Commission on the American Jury Project, received the ABA’s Jury System Impact Award in 2008 and the Award of Excellence from the Justice Management Institute in 2007. Tom retired from the National Center for State Courts in 2010.