The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and who have supported the mission of NCSC, an independent, court-improvement nonprofit founded at the urging of then-Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. Robinson will receive the award during the annual meeting July 27-31 of the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators in Burlington, Vt.
“Bill Robinson continues to serve as such a positive force in national efforts to create awareness of the need to properly fund state courts,” NCSC President Mary McQueen said. “Bill helped establish the ABA’s Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System and remains committed to its mission of not only assuring adequate court funding, but also recognition of the courts as a co-equal branch of government.”
Robinson is member in charge of the Northern Kentucky offices of Frost Brown Todd LLC, a regional law firm with offices in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia. He served as president of the ABA during its 2011-12 year and is a past president of the Kentucky Bar Association (1985-86).
In the fall of 2011, the Kentucky Law Journal hosted a national symposium in Robinson’s honor on the crisis of state court underfunding. The journal dedicated its 100th anniversary edition to Robinson as the first alumnus from the University of Kentucky to serve as ABA president and “for his dedicated, tireless national leadership toward adequate funding of our courts.”
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