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Munns becomes Fellow, delivers graduation speech

Ross Munns, sitting third from the right, sits with Fellow graduates of this year's ICM's Fellows Program. Just above Munns is the Delaware Chief Justice Hon. Myron T. Steele and the President of the National Center for State Courts Mary McQueen. Submitted photo

Ross Munns, sitting third from the right, sits with Fellow graduates of this year’s ICM’s Fellows Program. Just above Munns is the Delaware Chief Justice Hon. Myron T. Steele and the President of the National Center for State Courts Mary McQueen. Submitted photo

Ross Munns, an assistant court administrator with the Administrative Unit 3 of the North Dakota Judiciary in Bismarck, became a fellow of the Institute for Court Management, after having successfully completed the requirements of the ICM Fellows Program. Munns is a lifelong resident of Mandan.

Munns and 10 other court professionals from around the United States took part in the graduation ceremonies conducted at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The Honorable Myron T. Steele, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware and president of the Conference of Chief Justices, welcomed and address the graduates.

Munns delivered the graduation speech at the U.S. Supreme Court, after being selected as class spokesman and representative by members of the graduating class. The speech highlighted the positive impacts of the ICM Fellows Program and the need to continue advancements in the field of Court Administration in order to ensure fairness and equal access to the court system.

The ICM Fellows Program is the only program of its kind in the United States. This professional certification program was established more than 40 years ago, in part by then Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, in his call for improving the management of state court administration. This intensive four-phase educational program better prepares court professionals for management and leadership positions.