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Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrator Pamela Harris Named to Board of National Courts Organization

Pamela Q. Harris

(Rockville, Md. – Aug. 5, 2011) Pamela Q. Harris, court administrator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Harris, whose appointment was announced on Aug. 1, will serve a four-year term. The NCSC is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to the nation’s state courts.

“We are fortunate to welcome someone with her knowledge, expertise and proven leadership abilities to the National Center’s governing body.” said Mary C. McQueen, NCSC president.

Harris has been court administrator of the Montgomery County Circuit Court since 1989, and oversees the daily operations of the court, which serves the most populous jurisdiction in Maryland.

In addition to her work with the court, Harris is very active in a number of regional, national, and international organizations and committees. She is president-elect of the National Association for Court Management (NACM), the largest organization of court management professionals in the world. She also is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management.

Harris is a member, representing court administrators, of the Maryland Judiciary’s Conference of Circuit Court Judges, and also serves on the Judiciary’s Technology Oversight Board and the Integrated Statewide Case Management Committee, which is working to create a single Judiciary-wide electronic case management system to be used by all levels of courts within the state. Harris is also a member of the Urban Court Manager’s Network, and serves on the board of Montgomery Miracles Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to individuals involved in drug courts.

Harris is active internationally with rule-of-law initiatives and serves on the board of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium, the board of the Maryland International Coordinating Council, Inc., and as co-chair of the Maryland-Leningrad Steering Committee. She is a fellow of the NCSC’s Institute for Court Management.