David Richert Retires as Editor of Judicature

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Richert leaves extraordinary legacy as longest-serving editor in the journal's history.

This issue marks David I his issue marks David Richert's last as Editor Richert's last as Editor of [udicature. He besan of Judicature. He began his distinguished and unprecedented run at the helm of this journal with the November 1977 (at left) issue (volume 61, number 5). During nearly 34 years as editor, he has mentored and collaborated with hundreds- if not thousands - of authors, reviewers, designers, staff colleagues, editorial board members, volunteer leaders and others who contribute to the remarkablejoint enterprise that h Judicature.

In 2007, David surpassed AJS founder Herbert Lincoln Harley as die longest-serving editor in the Society's history. The stability in this position is truly remarkable, with David serving as only the fourth editor in the journal's 94-year history. His tenure can be quantified with impressive numbers:

* 215 issues of Judicature produced, including 215 editorials coordinated and finalized

* More than 1,000 articles edited and published

* Worked with five executive directors

* Served under nineteen presidents of the Society

In his role as publications director, David has coordinated the publication of every issue of the Judicial Conduct Reporter dating back to 1978, several iterations of newsletters for AJS members, and scores of monographs, reports, and other publications of the Society. He has drafted, edited or proofread hundreds of news releases and statements and has responded to countless inquiries from journalists, scholars and AJS members seeking information on a broad range of judicial administration topics.

Under his leadership, Judicature has been recognized with many awards. Most recently, the JulyAugust 2006 symposium issue, (at right) "Providing help forjudges in distress," was named a gold winner in the 2006 MarCom Creative Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals.

But more meaningful than the hard numbers are die human qualities that David has brought to his work: compassion, respect, civility, patience, and an unflagging devotion to collegjatity. His grace under pressure is almost uncanny, especially for someone who has worked on deadline for more than three decades. He possesses a wonderfully dry sense of humor and maintains a healthy sense of perspective required of all great editors. David is expert at gently coaxing just the right words and themes out of authors without overpowering their individual writing styles and unique voices. He has a light editing touch, but never compromises quality or economy of language. He generously shares his encyclopedic knowledge and serves as the unrivalled institutional memory of the Society.

David's professionalism and dedication to craft is reflected in glowing tributes by those who have worked with him over the years:

"Dave Richert has made significant contributions to justice system improvements for almost two score years. A hallmark of his career has been establishing and maintaining Judicature's position as the essential link between judicial system theory and practice. It has been my honor to have him as a trusted colleague and friend."

James J. Alfini, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Soutfi Texas College of Law; former AJS Director of Research

"I have had the pleasure of working with Dave Richert for thirty years as author, reviewer, Chair of the Editorial Committee, and Board member. No matter what the nature of our interactions, Dave was courteous, discreet, professional, and vigilant in the pursuit of excellence. His superb judgment has made Judicature an important journal and thus helped AJS play a major role in many issues affecting the administration of justice at the state and national levels. …