Richardsons support Judicial Studies Program
by Curtis Vickers '07 M.A.
James T. Richardson, J.D., Ph.D., and Cynthia Richardson '70 M.S. (home economics) recently made a gift to establish the James T. Richardson Judicial Studies Endowment to benefit students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate in judicial studies.
Richardson, professor emeritus of sociology and judicial studies and a 1989 Foundation Professor, was employed by the University for 48 years before retiring in 2016. During the last 30 years of his career, Richardson taught in and directed the Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program for Trial Judges, which pro- vides a formal academic setting where judges can engage in theoretical, scientific and practical studies to assess the evolving role of the American judiciary. This unique program is jointly sponsored by the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, both of which have had a long relationship with the University.
Of the impact he hopes the gift to have, Richardson says, "The Judicial Studies Program is helping educate judges and improve the judicial system in our nation and around the world. Most of the participants personally fund their participation because they believe in the importance of judicial education and see value in learning from some of the top legal minds in the country. We established this endowment to support those who are investing so much to advance their judicial expertise and who want to better equip themselves to handle the current challenges facing our courts and justice system. Our hope is that others as well as those who have benefitted from this program will also contribute to support the next generation of judges."
Since its establishment, the program has graduated 160 scholar/judges from 33 states and several foreign countries.
Photo: Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Judicial Studies James T. Richardson. (Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas)