The NJC’s immediate past president, Hon. Chad Schmucker (Ret.), has been honored with the American Bar Association Judicial Division’s Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration.

He received the award at the Judicial Division’s Town Hall Meeting in Chicago on August 4, 2018.

The Yegge Award is granted each year to “the person who best emulates the many outstanding contributions to the field of judicial administration.”

Schmucker served as Michigan’s state court administrator, in charge of all of the state’s 246 trial courts, from 2011 to 2013 before leaving to become president of the NJC. He is a former Jackson County (Michigan) Circuit Court judge who returned to that bench earlier this month as a six-week temporary replacement.

The Yegge Award honors Robert B. Yegge, former dean emeritus of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and former chair of the Lawyers Conference.

In 2016, Schmucker received the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit from the American Judges Association.