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Awards

The National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks gives two separate awards in recognition of organizations and individuals that help promote the goals of the organization. The two awards, the J.O. Sentell Award, which is given out every year, and the Morgan Thomas Award help recognize those who contribue to growth and development of NCACC.

J.O. Sentell Award

J.O. Sentell - J.O. Sentell Award

The Executive Committee created an annual award to recognize distinguished service rendered by the recipient who has contributed in a substantial way to the objectives of the Conference. Known as the "J.O. Sentell Award," it was first presented at the 1979 annual meeting held in Monterey, California. Past recipients of the J.O. Sentell Award are:

  • J.O. Sentell Portrait
    J.O. Sentell
    Alabama Supreme Court
    1979
  • Ronald L. Dzierbicki Portrait
    Ronald L. Dzierbicki
    Michigan Court of Appeals
    1980
  • Wilfred J. Kramer Portrait
    Wilfred J. Kramer
    California Court of Appeal
    Third District
    1981
  • Morgant Thomas Portrait
    Morgan Thomas
    Georgia Court of Appeals
    1982
  • Lews Carter Portrait
    Lewis C. Carter
    Kansas Supreme Court & Court of Appeals
    1983
  • Mary Ann Hopkins-Young Portrait
    Marry Ann Hopkins-Young
    Arizona Supreme Court
    1984
  • Alexander Stevas Portrait
    Alexander L. Stevas
    Supreme Court of the United States
    1984
  • Luella Dunn Portrait
    Luella Dunn
    North Dakota Supreme Court & Court of Appeals
    1985
  • Jean Kennett Portrait
    Jean M. Kennett
    Massachusetts Supreme Court
    1987
  • John Scott Portrait
    John C. Scott
    Kentucky Court of Appeals
    1988
  • Joline Williams Portrait
    Joline B. Williams
    Georgia Supreme Court
    1989
  • Frans Labranche Portrait
    Frans J. Labranche
    Louisiana Supreme Court
    1990
  • Gloria Engel Portrait
    Gloria J. Engel
    South Dakota Supreme Court
    1991
  • Reba Mims Portrait
    Reba Mims
    South Carolina Court of Appeals
    1992
  • Stephen Townsend 1993
    Stephen W. Townsend
    New Jersey Supreme Court
    1993
  • Peggy Steven McGraw Portrait
    Peggy Stevens McGraw
    Missouri Court of Appeals
    1994
  • Kevin A. Swanson
    California Court of Appeal Fifth District
    1995
  • Glen Clark Portrait
    Glen D. Clark
    Arizona Court of Appeals
    Division One
    1996
  • William S. Fulton, Jr.
    United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals
    1997
  • Ella Williams Portrait
    Ella M. Williams
    Michigan Court of Appeals
    1998
  • Joyce Goldsmith Portrait
    Joyce A. Goldsmith
    Arizona Court of Appeals
    Division Two
    1999
  • John H. Wilkerson, Jr.
    Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
    2000
  • R. Keith Richardson
    Iowa Supreme Court & Court of Appeals
    2001
  • Marilyn L. Graves
    Wisconsin Supreme Court & Court of Appeals
    2002
  • David G. Beach
    Virginia Supreme Court
    2003
  • Penny L. Miller
    North Dakota Supreme Court
    2004
  • Kenneth J. deBlanc
    Louisiana Court of Appeal
    Third Circuit
    2005
  • Joseph A. Lane
    California Court of Appeal
    Second Appellate Division
    2006
  • Sherie M. Welch
    Georgia Supreme Court
    2007
  • Leslie D. Gradet
    Maryland Court of Special Needs
    2008
  • Diana Pratt-Wyatt
    Louisiana Court of Appeal
    Second Circuit
    2009
  • Christie Cameron
    North Carolina Supreme Court
    2010
  • Ed Smith
    Montana Supreme Court
    2011
  • Thomas D. Hall
    Supreme Court of Florida
    2012
  • Bill Suter
    Supreme Court of the United States
    2013
  • Steve Lancaster
    Indiana Court of Appeals
    2014
  • Marilyn May
    Alaska Appellate Courts
    2015
  • William DeCicco
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    2016

Morgan Thomas Award

Morgan Thomas - Morgan Thomas Award

The Morgan Thomas Award is for recognition of an individual other than a regular member to the NCACC who has made distinguished contributions to enhancing professionalism and supporting the goals of the NCACC as a body and of its members individually. The award need not be given every year. Past recipients of the Morgan Thomas Award are:

  • Charles D. Nelson
    West Publishing Company
    1991
  • Justice James Duke Cameron
    (AZ) Retired
    Joint Award
    1992
  • Justice Harry A. Spencer
    (NE) Retired
    Joint Award
    1992
  • Justice William A. Grimes
    (NH) Retired
    Joint Award
    1992
  • Sandra M. Roos
    American Bar Association
    1995
  • Jane Sanchez
    Bureau of National Affairs
    Joint Award
    1996
  • Lew Tippet
    Lexis-Nexis
    Joint Award
    1996
  • Michael J. Whetstone
    West Publishing Company
    1997
  • Dwight D. Opperman
    West Publishing
    Dwight D. Opperman Foundation
    2003
  • Brenda Stephens
    Louisiana Court of Appeal
    Second Circuit
    2005
  • Linda Watson
    Louisiana Court of Appeal
    Third Circuit
    2007
  • Nikki Daugherty
    LexisNexis
    Joint Award
    2012
  • Tom Leighton
    West, a Thomson Reuters business
    Joint Award
    2012
  • Brenda Williams, 2014 Morgan Thomas Award Winner
    Brenda Williams
    National Center for State Courts
    2014