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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Theresa Ewing, Thurston County District Court Administrator, 360-786-5225

Thurston District Court Administrator Achieves Special Title


OLYMPIA - Thurston County District Court Administrator Theresa A. Ewing has become a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management (ICM). Ms. Ewing received the title after she successfully completed the rigorous requirements of ICM's Fellows Program. Ewing and 22 other court professionals from around the country took part in graduation ceremonies at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The Honorable Eric T. Washington, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and President of the Conference of Chief Justices addressed the graduates.

The ICM Fellows Program is the only program of its kind in the United States. This professional certification program was established more than 30 years ago, in part, by Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger to help improve the management of state court administration. The intensive program better prepares court professionals for management and leadership positions. Since the first graduates in 1970, more than 1,160 court professionals have become Fellows.

Becoming an ICM Fellow is a process of professional development that includes four steps.
  • Achievement of Certified Court Manager status through successful completion of six in-depth courses.
  • Achievement of Certified Court Executive status through completion of six additional courses.
  • Completion of the Court Project Phase which entails a research and improvement project, including an independent Master's level research project.
  • Participants must also demonstrate their leadership skills by developing and clearly articulating the results of their findings and recommendations before a respected panel and their classmates.


Presiding Thurston County District Court Judge Brett Buckley says Theresa should be proud that she is only the 36th Fellow currently working in Washington courts; a select company."Thurston County District Court is very proud of Theresa for achieving this prestigious designation. Having a Court Administrator who is on the cutting edge of court management will be of great assistance to District Court in better serving the citizens of Thurston County."

Ewing says the process for becoming a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management was difficult but well worth it. "This was a challenging but rewarding process. I believe I can bring new skills and knowledge to the operation of Thurston County District Court which will benefit those who regularly use the courts and of course, citizens of the county who rely on the judicial system to run smoothly and efficiently."

The National Center for State Courts, founded by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger in 1971, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership, research, technology, education and training to the state courts.



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