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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.

President-Elect of Conference of Chief Justices Chief Justice of Iowa Mark Cady, Ft. Dodge, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 and was named Chief Justice in 2011.  His current term expires December 31, 2024.  Elected Chief Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals, 1997.  Appointed:  Iowa Court of Appeals, 1994; District Court Judge, 1986; District Associate Judge, 1983; Assistant Webster County Attorney.

 

First Vice-President of Conference of Chief Justices Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas Nathan Hecht was  first elected to the Court in 1988 as a Justice and was reelected four times. He was appointed Chief Justice by Gov. Rick Perry on October 1, 2013 and elected in 2014. He is the longest-serving member of the Court of Texas in history. 

 

 

Second Vice-President of Conference of Chief Justices Judith Nakamura was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court by Gov. Susana Martinez in november 2015. Her appointment gave the Court its first female majority. She was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice in December 2015, retained her position after a contested election in November 2016, and was elected to serve as Chief Justice by her colleagues in June 2017.

 

 

 

Immediate Past President of the 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 budget, 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.

 

Honorable Don Beatty 
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of South Carolina

 

Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
Chief Judge
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

 

Honorable Roger S. Burdick
Chief Justice
Idaho Supreme Court 

Honorable Janet DiFiore
Chief Judge
Court of Appeals of New York

Honorable Zel M. Fischer
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Missouri

Honorable Ralph D. Gants
Chief Justice
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Illinois

Honorable John D. Kemp
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Arkansas

Honorable Loretta H. Rush 
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Indiana