As NJC’s Director of Special Projects, William Brunson conducts faculty development workshops, manages international programs, and oversees numerous grant projects primarily related to curriculum development for judges. Prior to his current position, Mr. Brunson served as the College’s academic director and assistant director, program attorney, and program coordinator under a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant. Before joining the staff of the NJC, Mr. Brunson was in private practice.
Among his other professional activities, Mr. Brunson is a member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE). In 1999, he received the NASJE President’s Special Service Award and in 2004-2005 he served as NASJE’s president. Mr. Brunson is co-author and co-editor of numerous curricula and publications, including (1) Human Trafficking: What Judges Need to Know (2013); Immigration Consequences of Criminal ‘Convictions’ (2010); Presiding over a Capital Case: a Benchbook for Judges (2009); and Strategies for Addressing the DWI Offender: 10 Promising Sentencing Practices (2005). He has educated faculty both nationally and internationally on adult education principles and practice and on curriculum development.
Mr. Brunson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law.
Marsha is President and CEO of CHTCS, a 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to raise funds for state courts working on human trafficking initiatives. Marsha’s work in this area grew out of a keen interest in continuing the work of the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative which operated for several years under a State Justice Institute (SJI) grant. The Collaborative created a foundation to address human trafficking issues in the courts and developed useful tools and other information available on the Collaborative’s website. The Collaborative also worked directly with courts to create human trafficking programs. Marsha is on the board of SJI, the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors to the National Judicial College and has served in other roles with the National Judicial College, the National Center for State Courts, and the Judicial Education Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School. She is a committed supporter of an independent and strong judiciary.
Marsha started her legal career in Milwaukee, WI at Quarles and Brady. Subsequently, she moved to Dow Chemical where she served as Litigation Counsel and Crisis Manager. She has also served as Associate General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc. and as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Director of Civil Justice Policy for The Hartford Financial Services Group. She has participated in numerous business and legal organizations, often serving in leadership roles. Marsha is a member of the Michigan and Wisconsin Bars. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Marquette University Law School.
In her work as Director of National Anti-Trafficking Strategies at the CCI, Danielle provides expert assistance to individual jurisdictions across the country to help plan, implement, and strengthen responses to human trafficking. Previously, she served as the deputy director of the Midtown Community Court, where she directed the court’s clinical and workforce development operations, as well as its research and planning projects. Most notably, she directed the design and implementation of the court’s newest responses to prostitution and human trafficking. Mrs. Malangone was an Adjunct Professor at New School University, where she developed and instructed a class on domestic sex trafficking. Before joining the Center in 2005, she worked as a clinical supervisor for the Brooklyn TASC program, where her work helped create alternatives to incarceration for offenders with co-occurring substance use and mental illness. Mrs. Malangone is a graduate of Coro Leadership New York XVIII. She holds her B.A. from Oswego State University and an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Marie Komisar, MPA, Executive Director, National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)
Marie Komisar has been the Executive Director of NAWJ since 2009. She has over 30 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, including serving as the executive director of the (1) Fairfax County Bar Association (Virginia), (2) Dutchess County Bar Association (New York), (3) and National Organization of Young Audiences, Arts for Learning, Inc. (New York). Ms. Komisar has a B.A. in Communications from Marist College, a paralegal degree from Marist College and an MPA from the Wagner School at New York University.
Dr. Martin, a planning, policy, and management consultant, is recognized as an innovator in planning, management, performance measurement, and institutional development for courts, justice and human service organizations. Over the past 40 years, he has worked with courts, justice, and human service agencies of all types. He has conducted grant-funded research, provided technical assistance, and taught seminars targeting numerous topics including innovation and systems change, agency and inter-agency planning and management, organizational culture and change management, work process improvement, simplified litigation, alternative dispute resolution, human trafficking, technology applications, cross-cultural interaction, the impacts of immigration in the courts, Latino family violence, performance measurement, evidence-based practices, and executive-legislative-judicial relations.
In addition to directing the Immigration and the State Courts Initiative, Martin’s recent projects have included a youth service improvement initiative with the Jefferson County Colorado justice and human service systems, and planning, work process improvement, and performance measurement efforts in the Los Angeles, Maricopa County Arizona, and the Sonoma and Imperial County, California, Superior Courts, and with the Boulder Colorado Police Department. His extensive writings about courts, police, corrections, and human service planning, management, and public policy have been published in handbooks, scholarly books, and dozens of magazines and journals.
Dr. Martin also serves on a variety of editorial boards and serves as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Court Management. Dr. Martin received a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Fort Lewis College. He also has had extensive mediation training from CDR Associates.
Lynn Hecht Schafran is an attorney, who, since 1981, has directed the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP), a project of Legal Momentum in cooperation with the National Association of Women Judges. Ms. Schafran is nationally recognized as an authority on the issues of gender bias, sexual abuse/rape, and domestic violence, including trafficking as an aspect of intimate partner sexual abuse. Through her research and consulting across the nation, she has (1) created and presented courses on sexual abuse for numerous national, state, and federal judicial colleges; (2) designed a web course on the intersection of domestic violence and sexual assault; (3) written online curricula for judges and justice system professionals on domestic violence and sexual abuse; and (4) published widely on the subject of gender bias in the law, the courts, and the legal profession in both law reviews and periodicals. She has received numerous awards for her work to eliminate gender bias in the courts, including the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Women Judges, the gold medal of the Foundation of the Improvement of Justice, and the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.
All of NJEP’s resources are available online.
Dr. Weller has more than 37 years of experience working with state courts and other justice system institutions in the Unites States and internationally. In the United States he has served as principal investigator or consultant on a variety of national, state, and local research and strategic planning projects aimed at improving different aspects of the justice system and developing responses to public policy problems. Weller is a former Program Attorney at the National Judicial College, where he was responsible for directing the College’s dispute resolution course and its course offerings for limited jurisdiction judges. He has served periodically on the faculty of the Judicial College. He also served as a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Center for State Courts, where he conducted extensive national-scope research on a wide range of projects involving court organization and court processes. His writings on immigration issues in the state courts, small claims courts, methods for simplifying the trial court process, alternative dispute resolution, family violence, and strategic planning have been published widely in a variety of books and journals. Weller has a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.