The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) inducted Richard C. Godfrey and Thomas A. Gottschalk of Kirkland & Ellis LLP into the Warren E. Burger Society. The Burger Society honors individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice through extraordinary contributions of service and support to the NCSC.
Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, chair of the NCSC board of directors and president of the Conference of Chief Justices, inducted Mr. Godfrey, Mr. Gottschalk and other new members into the Burger Society at the NCSC Annual Recognition Luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Godfrey is a senior partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis where he has acted as trial and appellate counsel in both individual and class-action suits in many areas, including antitrust and trade regulation, contracts and consumer fraud. He is co-chair of NCSC's Lawyers Committee, which plays an important role in the development and implementation of NCSC's programs and initiatives.
Mr. Gottschalk is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice focuses on general litigation counseling, and trial and appellate practice with emphasis on complex litigation, class actions, defense of government suits, crisis management, and corporate compliance and governance. He serves on the NCSC board of directors and Lawyers Committee.
About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex litigation, corporate, intellectual property and technology, restructuring and tax matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Munich, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco.
About The National Center for State Courts
The NCSC, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. The NCSC, founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, provides education, training, and technology, management, and research services to the nation's state courts. The NCSC also is taking the lead on several key issues facing the justice system. For example, it has established a major civil justice initiative, a multiyear project that is examining best practices in civil case management and how complex litigation procedures can be improved. Other national initiatives being driven by the NCSC include judicial selection reform and increasing citizen participation in jury service.