Judicial Studies Director Named

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) recently announced that Shawn Marsh accepted the position of Director of the Judicial Studies Program.

Shawn Marsh

The Judicial Studies Program offers a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Judicial Studies.  Judges take courses, many of which are offered by The National Judicial College, during intensive winter and summer sessions at UNR.

Marsh replaces the current director, Professor James T. Richardson who will retire at the end of the current academic year after serving as faculty for 48 years.

Marsh comes to UNR from the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ) where he is currently Chief Program Officer of Juvenile Law Programs. He has significant experience in judicial training, judicial program assessment, and teaching in social psychology and law. During his tenure at NCJFCJ, he has been directly involved in the education of judges in a number of areas. In addition, through conferences, seminars, and intensive institutes his teaching has reached more than 10,000 justice professionals including judges, police, social workers, probation officers, prosecutors, defense counsel and court administrators. He has supervised a range of research projects related to juvenile justice and juvenile courts and delinquency funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Health and Human Services, and a number of states.

Marsh has also brought the importance of various juvenile justice topics to the public through numerous blogs and op-eds, interviews and commentaries in print, radio, and television at the local, state, and national level. He brings a rich array of experience and an extensive background in judicial training and justice studies to his position.

“I am delighted that Shawn will become the new director. He has a wealth of experience working with judges and has the background and training needed to continue the success of the Judicial Studies and Justice Management graduate degree programs,” said retiring Judicial Studies Director Jim Richardson.


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