Date: July 20, 2005 

CONTACT: Joan Bishop
Communications Office



CONCORD- Superior Court Judge Robert E.K. Morrill has been awarded a scholarship by the State Justice Institute to attend a six-day course designed to teach students about the mediation process in a format geared specifically toward civil litigation cases.

Entitled, Mediating the Litigated Case, the course will be conducted from August 22-27, 2005 in Irvine, California by The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. Other issues to be addressed during the sessions include the essential skills required to serve as mediators, the various stages of the process, and identifying and working with different negotiation styles.

"The Judicial Branch is making a deliberate effort to afford litigants a broader range of ways to resolve their disputes. I expect that this program will enhance my knowledge and skills in the area of alternative dispute resolution and will allow me to contribute to the shift," said Judge Morrill.

Judge Morrill was named to the bench by Governor John Sununu and has been an Associate Justice for 19 years. He currently sits in Rockingham County Superior Court.

The State Justice Institute (SJI) is a non-profit organization, established by Federal law to ward grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts nationwide, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts. More information about the institute is available on the SJI website (