educational standards and accreditation entity, announced
provisional accreditation approval for Maryland and Ohio in-State
ASTA resource judges programs. Under leadership of U. S. District
Judge Sarah Evans Barker, a background paper proposing changes
to the structure and function of accreditation is now being
considered by ASTAboard Directors.
In late February,
U. S. Representatives Henry J. Hyde, Clifford Stearns and
Howard Coble received ASTAR leadership with warm words of
support for the efforts initiated by Ohio and Maryland.
On March 1st, ASTAR
President Franklin M. Zweig welcomed as a member the North
Carolina Special Superior Court for Complex Business Cases.
Presiding Judge Ben F. Tennille, President of the American
Academy of Business Court Judges, attended the Judges' Medical
School, along with Business Court colleagues Hon. Albert Diaz
and Hon. John R. Jolly, Jr.
The 2006 ASTAR
National Judges' Medical School was held at the University
of North Carolina School of Medicine March 8-11. 61 judges
and 29 faculty members participated in a highly evaluated
series of medical briefings, grand rounds and case adjudication
Hon. Pauline Newman
was presented the first Eveleth Award for excellence in uniting
justice and science.
the JMS was William "Joe" Knight, Dean of the University
of Washington School of Law. UWash is planning ahead for an
ASTA resource judge program for Washington State judges and
other judges from the Northwest's State and Federal jurisdictions.
The Ohio ASTA resource
judge program, led by Hon. H. Fred Inderlied, completed planning
for its April 20-21 program on reproductive medicine at the
Ohio State University School of Medicine.
The Maryland ASTA
resource judge program, led by Hon. Glenn T. Harrell, convened
its steering committee on March 20 to complete planning for
its April 27-29 in-State workshop at the U. S. Department
of Agriculture and the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.
The Science in
Your Courtroom Judicial Desk Reference book Vol. 1 was initiated.