ST. LOUIS (June 22, 2017) — The National Center for State Courts has elected St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie M. Edwards to a three-year term on its Board of Directors.
Edwards will join the board Aug. 4 at its summer meeting in Philadelphia.
Since October 2015, Edwards has been a member of the National Advisory Board on Community Engagement in the State Courts. That 16-member board is part of the National Center for State Courts’ Conference of Chief Justices and National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
Edwards has served as a St. Louis Circuit Judge for 25 years. He started his legal career in private practice at a small law firm in S. Louis in 1981. In 1984 he joined the Sabreliner Corporation where he was general counsel for six years. He then joined the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company legal staff. Judge Edwards has served as a Special Missouri Supreme Court Judge and has served on the Executive Council for Missouri State Judges and Missouri Habeas Corpus subcommittees.
In 2009, Edwards founded Innovative Concept Academy after recognizing that his hometown was suffering from an unrelenting cycle of juvenile offenders dropping out of school and cementing their path to lifelong criminality. ICA is the first school in America supervised by a judge and dedicated to the last-resort education of juvenile offenders.
Judge Edwards’ efforts have gained national attention. In 2013, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts presented him with the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, one of our nation’s highest judicial awards. Saint Louis University and Eden Theological Seminary each have awarded him honorary doctor of laws degrees. People magazine named him its “Editor’s Choice National Hero” recipient in 2011, and Ebony magazine selected him to its 2013 Power 100 Most Influential in America List.
The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. He envisioned NCSC as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts.