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RENO, Nev. (March 12, 2019)— Six prominent professionals, including the former owner of baseball’s San Francisco Giants, the lawyer for heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and the chief policy adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was governor of California, have been honored as the first trustees emeriti of The National Judicial College.
All six are former members of the College’s Board of Trustees with service ranging from six to nine years. The Emeritus Trustee designation, created in 2018, pays tribute to outstanding former trustees and recognizes their institutional memory of the NJC and its development, community reach, economic well-being and importance to the legal community. Emeritus trustees are invited to board meetings (as non-voting members) and to events at the direction of the current chair or president.
INAUGURAL GROUP OF TRUSTEES EMERITI
Marybel Batjer serves as the first secretary of the California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps). She held senior leadership posts as chief policy adviser to Schwarzenegger and as chief of staff to Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn of Nevada. Additionally, she served as special assistant to the secretary of the Navy during the George H.W. Bush administration and as President Reagan’s special assistant for national security affairs. She has served on various boards and commissions and has been nationally recognized for her leadership in public service. She received her bachelor’s from Mills College in California and studied international public policy at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins University. She also studied national and international security at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Hon. Janet Berry (Ret.), the first Nevadan to serve as chair of the NJC Board of Trustees, has taught in more than two-dozen courses at the College and in 2000 received the Nevada District Judges Association Distinguished Jurist Education Award for her outstanding commitment to judicial education. Judge Berry co-hosted a weekly television show from 1994 to 1999, “The Language of Law,” which educated the public about the justice system. Judge Berry received her bachelor’s in criminal justice from California State University at Sacramento and a J.D. from Tulane University. She received a Master of Judicial Studies from the NJC in 1997.
In 1992 Hon. Sophia H. Hall became the first woman to serve as the Presiding Judge of any Division or District of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. She also became the first woman in 20 years to serve in the Criminal Division and then in the Chancery Division. She now serves as the Administrative Presiding Judge of the Resource Section of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge Hall received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin.
William H. Neukom founded the World Justice Project in 2006 and went on to own the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team from 2008-2011. A past president of the American Bar Association, he worked as executive vice president of law and corporate affairs at Microsoft. In that role he became the company’s first general counsel and managed the company’s legal, government affairs and philanthropic activities. He is known for being instrumental in securing the landmark legal victory in the Apple Computer v. Microsoft Corporation case (1988-1995), which concerned the graphical user interface used in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1964 followed by a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1967.
Philip G. Satre has served in leadership roles in the gaming industry for more than 25 years, including as chairman and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., Wynn Resorts Ltd. and International Game Technology (IGT). He also chaired Nordstrom Inc., the National World War II Museum and the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, and he was director of the Nevada Cancer Institute. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1975 and a Bachelor of Psychology from Stanford University. He attended the Senior Executive Development program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Mark G. Tratos is the founding shareholder of Greenburg Traurig LLP’s Las Vegas law office, home of the largest group of entertainment attorneys in Nevada. He has represented world-famous artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and David Copperfield and boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. He received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1974 followed by a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1979.
Each Emeritus Trustee are selected based on the following criteria:
- Previously served a minimum of two (3-year) terms as an NJC Board of Trustees member
- Possess a record of positive moral or ethical behavior, inside and outside of the organization
- Demonstrate a proven track record of providing service in support of the NJC’s mission and consistent philanthropic support
- Possess a desire to remain engaged with the NJC to continue to advance its mission
- Has made and continues to make meaningful contributions to the NJC and its mission
Created more than a half-century ago at the recommendation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, The National Judicial College remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches courtroom skills to judges of all types from all over the country, Indian Country and abroad. Judges served by this nonprofit and nonpartisan institution, based in Reno since 1964, decide well over
95 percent of the cases in the United States.