September/October 2007 issue

Law Clerk Receives Director's Award

Every year the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issues awards to federal judiciary staff in the categories of leadership, excellence in court operations, and extraordinary actions.

This year Director James C. Duff recognized Marc Pearce, law clerk to Judge Warren K. Urbom, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, for Excellence in Court Operations: Mission Requirements.

He successfully developed a disaster management program for the District of Nebraska’s district and bankruptcy courts. Pearce’s work as chair of a Continuity of Operations subcommittee led to an in-depth analysis of avian flu-related issues and a plan for chambers’ response in the event of a pandemic.

His report’s recommendations and plans were subsequently adopted by the Nebraska Judicial Council, and they also are being used by the Administrative Office’s Judiciary Emergency Preparedness Office to frame the scope of a pandemic response template. Pearce is now a member of the Nebraska COOP Disaster Management Team and serves as a successor disaster manager.