ABA honors former NJC President Schmucker

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.

NJC News
Washington DC Supreme Court facade equal justice under the law
Almost all judges believe Supreme Court justices should be subject to an ethics code

It’s safe to say that judges think their brethren and sistren on the U.S. Supreme Court should be bound b...

Remembering Lee Sinclair

Photo courtesy of The Repository Lee Sinclair recalled that as a child he loved to visit the Stark Count...

Remembering Dean Larry Hyde

Judge Laurance M. “Larry” Hyde, the dean who established The National Judicial College on the campu...

Interior of cell block in abandoned State Correctional Institution, or jail., common room with jail cells.
Poll suggests that judges know what life is like in their jails and prisons

Judges who send people to jail or prison usually have at least some idea of the conditions in the facilitie...

Judicial Heroes and Legends: May 2022 - Hon. Constance Baker Motley

When Ketanji Brown Jackson was nominated to become the first Black woman justice of the U.S. Supreme Co...

View All News

Download a PDF of our complete 2022 course catalog