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President of Conference of Chief Justices John Minton, Jr. became Chief Justice of Kentucky in 2008 as the recession plunged Kentucky into economic crisis. Minton made a commitment to invest in the people who operate the courts and in technology to reduce costs and improve service. His efforts have produced a stronger, leaner court system that's poised to overall the salary structure of the judicial branch for the first time in decades. Under his leadership, the Administrative Office of the Courts streamlined its organizational structure and trimmed costs at all levels of the court system.

President-Elect of Conference of Chief Justices Maureen O'Connor is the 10th Chief Justice and the first woman in Ohio history to lead the Ohio judicial branch. Since she took office in 2011, Chief Justice O'Connor has led significant reforms and improvements in the Ohio judicial system, including cutting the ohio Supreme Court budge, establishing a task force to examine court funding statewide, creating a committee to examine the administration of the death penalty, and proposing improvements to strengthen judicial elections in Ohio.

First Vice-President of Conference of Chief Justices Paul Reiber served in the private practice of law in Rutland, Vermont and as a partner in the law firm Kenlan, Schweibert & Facey from 1986 until his appointment as an Associate Justice by Governor James Douglas in October, 2003. He was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court by Governor Douglas on December 17, 2004.


Second Vice-President of Conference of Chief Justices Menis E. Ketchum II was elected to a full twelve-year term on West Virginia's Supreme Court of Appeals on November 4, 2008. He served as Chief Justice in 2012 and 2016.



Immediate Past President of Conference of Chief Justices David Gilbertson was elected to a four-year term as Chief Justice by the members of the Supreme Court of South Dakota in September 2001. He was reelected to a second four-year term in June 2005 and a third term in 2009. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in April 1995 to represent the Fifth Supreme Court District and was retained by the voters in the 1998 and 2006 general elections. Gilbertson was appointed to the Circuit Court bench in 1986. He received NCSC's Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for his defense of judicial independence.

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