A career court management professional dedicated to the effective administration of justice nationally and internationally. His most important goal was to enhance the ability of citizens of the United States and World to find access to forums that would protect the vulnerable, resolve disputes with dignity and fairness, and facilitate equal protection under law.
He served as an attorney advisor to the U.S. Courts; Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the Western District of Kentucky for 27 years; and Chief of Court Management for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Since January 2011, he served as Vice President for International Relations of the National Center for State Courts where he oversaw the management of United States rule of law projects for Bangladesh, Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo, South Africa, Honduras, Columbia, Uganda, Nigeria, Belize, Guatemala, Panama, the Caribbean Basin, and Egypt. He travelled to over 60 countries in various capacities, giving speeches on rule of law topics in the supreme courts of Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, and the International Court of Justice in The Hague, among others. He served as one of five United States’ monitors of the 2012 presidential election of Mexico, assessed the criminal justice systems of Mexico and Iraq, and worked closely with the Attorney Generals of Baja and Chihuahua, Mexico to implement historic criminal justice reforms. He also served as an advisor to the registrar of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He served as a visiting professor at Haifa University in Israel, where he lectured on International Court Management to a student body from all parts of the world.
He served as president of the Federal Court Clerks Association, president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks, testified in the United States Senate on bankruptcy legislation reform, the Senate of Argentina on proposed jury legislation, and co-founded and served as president and CEO of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA). During his service with IACA, he managed nine international conferences dedicated to improving court management, access to justice and institutional transparency in Slovenia, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Trinidad, Indonesia, the UAE, The Hague, and Argentina and helped establish the International Journal for Court Administration.