Director of Court Services Receives National Award

Sherry Stwalley, director of court services for the Colorado Judicial Branch, will be receiving the National Center for State Courts’ 2016 Distinguished Service.

A distinguished individual who has made significant contributions to the justice system and who has supported the mission of NCSC is selected annually for the award. Tonight, at a ceremony in the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, Stwalley will be presented with one of the organization’s highest awards.

Stwalley, who has been director of court services for the Colorado Judicial Branch since 2013, has partnered with NCSC on a wide variety of projects, including workload for trial court judges, court staff and probation staff and for family and children’s issues. She serves on NCSC’s Court Consulting Services Advisory Committee and has worked on several consulting projects around the country.

She began her career at the Colorado Judicial Branch in 1985 where she led a project to provide computerized self-help information to pro se litigants. After only five years into the job, she won the National Justice Achievement Award. In 2003, she became the branch’s director of planning and analysis, and served as its legislative liaison from 2002 to 2013. As the liaison, she successfully worked to secure more than 70 new judgeships and helped obtain funding for the construction of the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, the headquarters of the Colorado Court System.