Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) among alumni named to newly created North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ)

Photo of Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77) in Worrell Professional Center library

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin has announced the full membership of the newly created North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ).

The commission membership is comprised of key stakeholders within the justice system as well as leaders in the private and public sectors. See the full list of members. The multidisciplinary commission will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of our state’s justice system and make recommendations for strengthening our courts within the existing administrative framework.

“These respected and innovative leaders will provide the direction necessary in this era of change, ensuring that the justice system works for all,” Chief Justice Martin said. “They bring with them decades of experience in the state and federal judiciaries, business and nonprofit communities, legal education, and private practice.”

Chief Justice Martin previously announced the appointment of the commission co-chairs (see left), who will focus on five areas of inquiry: civil justice, criminal investigation and adjudication, legal professionalism, public trust and confidence, and technology.

Brad Wilson (JD ’78) is co-chair for the public trust and confidence committee of the commission and will work with Dean Suzanne Reynolds  (JD ’77) among others. Catharine Arrowood (BA ’73, JD ’76) is a co-chair for the legal professionalism committee. Rowan County Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Anna Mills Wagoner (JD ’85) is also serving on the commission, and Mike Mitchell (JD ’89) will serve on the Civil Justice Committee.

Chief Justice Martin has also invited participation from the General Assembly. The commission’s work will provide a basis for discussion with the General Assembly to help ensure North Carolina’s Judicial Branch meets the needs of our citizens and their expectations for a modern court system. The commission will finalize its findings and recommendations in a series of reports that will be presented to the Chief Justice and made available to the public in early 2017.

Attorney Will Robinson will serve as executive director of the commission, which has its first meeting scheduled for Sept. 30, according to the website.

Learn more at http://nccalj.org