IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Nancy S. Marder was inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Warren E. Burger Society in ceremonies held on November 21 in Washington, D.C. She is being honored for her work with National Center for State Courts’ conference panels and jury projects
Named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Warren E. Burger Society was formed by the National Center for State Courts in 1996 to honor individuals who have volunteered their time, talent and support to the NCSC in an exceptional manner. Membership in the society is granted to volunteers who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improve the administration of justice through extraordinary contributions of service or support to the NCSC. Justice Burger helped found the NCSC in 1971.
A member of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty since 1999, Marder is an internationally recognized expert on juries. She is founder and director of the Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center, which informs scholars about new work on the jury and also undertakes special projects. Her research and writing focus on the jury. As professor/reporter for the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases since 2003, Marder has helped to draft jury instructions for Illinois. She has also drafted jury instructions for the American Bar Association, advocated successfully for rule changes affecting jurors in Illinois, given public testimony for proposed jury reforms, and served as a member on various jury advisory committees.
At IIT Chicago-Kent, she teaches a course on Juries, Judges and Trials, as well courses on legislation and another on the Role of the Judge. Marder graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and Afro-American Studies from Yale College. She earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where she was a Mellon Fellow. Marder earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1990 to 1992. She also clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Leonard B. Sand in the Southern District of New York.