American Judges Association



Elliott Zide

Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 49, Issue 4 (2013)


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It is a privilege and honor to begin my term as your president, especially at a time when AJA is so well respected and highly regarded as the largest judge-only organization in North America.

As I write, I have recently returned from the fantastic 53rd education conference in Hawaii where we were honored by welcoming letters from Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald came in person to open the conference. If you missed this uplifting event and the chance to interact with more than 150 of the best judges in North America and the stellar faculty of 29 distinguished experts in their respective fields, take a moment to go to the “Conference” section of our website ( to explore the educational materials from the conference. You too will be proud to say that you are an AJA member!

During the business meetings in Hawaii, the members of the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors had a chance to review AJA’s current statement of purpose, which is “to promote and improve the effective administration of justice; to maintain the status and independence of the judiciary; to provide a forum for the continuing education of its members and the general public; and for the exchange of new ideas among all judges.”