Mary C. McQueen has served as president of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) since August 2004. Previously McQueen served as Washington State court administrator from 1987-2004 and director of Judicial Services for the Washington State Office of the Administrator for the Courts, 1979-1987, president of the Conference of State Court Administrators in 1995-96, and chair of the Lawyer’s Committee of the American Bar Association/Judicial Division. She is a member of the Washington and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.
She has received the American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award and the NCSC Innovation in Jury Management Award. She also received the John Marshall Award in 2014, presented by the American Bar Association Judicial Division in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the improvement of the administration of justice, judicial independence, justice reform, and public awareness. Recently, McQueen received the ABA Judicial Division’s Lawyers Conference 2016 Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Judicial Administration.
McQueen has served on numerous ABA Committees and Task Forces, including the Standing Committee on State and Federal Courts, the Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and the newly created ABA Center for Innovation. In her capacity as President of NCSC, McQueen coordinates major national initiatives for the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), including the review of model rules and polices on admission to the bar, legal education requirements, and professional ethics for lawyers and judges. President McQueen serves as Secretary General of the International Organization on Judicial Training (IOJT) consisting of 80 country members. She holds a BA from the University of Georgia and a JD from Seattle University Law School.