Oct. 7, 2016 – University of Houston Law Center Research Professor Allison N. Winnike was recognized Friday by the National Center for State Courts with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award for her work in developing emergency preparedness resources for judges and court administrators.
"I am honored to be selected by the National Center for State Courts for their Distinguished Service Award and humbled to join the ranks of esteemed past recipients." Winnike said. "Translating public health laws for practical application is a passion of mine and I am overjoyed to hear that my scholarship and outreach efforts on the legal aspects of public health infectious disease control have made such a significant positive impact on our judicial system."
Winnike, research director of the Health Law & Policy Institute at the Law Center, received the award from NCSC President Mary McQueen. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and Texas Office of Court Administration Director David Slayton also attended the lunch hour presentation in the Hendricks Heritage Room at the Law Center.
The Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards given by the organization, is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and who have supported the mission of NCSC.
"It is contributions like Professor Winnike's that we rely on," McQueen said. "Her work has now become available to the entire courts system in the United States. Her contributions to continuing legal education are extremely important."
Winnike was honored for her work with the Conference of Chief Justices Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force. She played an integral role in the creation of the Task Force's book, "Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Bench Book and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators," that each state may use as a model to develop their own pandemic bench book. She also revised the Texas book, "Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book."
The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts.