JMI has an appointed 9-member Board of Directors, which sets policy, fosters a climate of excellence, promotes the development of innovative programs and research, and provides leadership in achieving JMI’s mission. Directors are dedicated individuals from diverse fields encompassing the courts, the judiciary, and the legal community.
Raymond L. Billotte, Chair
Ray joined the JMI Board in April 2014. With more than 25 years managing both urban and rural trial courts, Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of court operations to JMI. As a consultant with USAID, Ray assisted with criminal justice reforms in Mexico, served on numerous state and national committees addressing jury reform, technology in the courts, preservation and transcription of court records, and has been acknowledged by public and private organizations for his work on improving access to justice, juror diversity, and court/community collaboration. Ray is the Administrator for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County. Appointed in 2012, he functions as senior executive for the nation’s 4th largest trial court. Previously, Ray served as the District Court Administrator for the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) 1996-2012. Ray holds a Master’s Degree of Public Management from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a 1991 Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management’s Court Executive Development Program. He continues to be active in numerous court management organizations, including the National Association of Court Management, Urban Court Managers Network, National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, and the Arizona Association of Superior Court Administrators.
Duane is the former Clerk of the Court for the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before his appointment as Clerk of the Court, Duane served the court in numerous capacities, including: Deputy Clerk of the Court, Director of the Civil Division, Acting Director of the Social Services Division (Probation Department), Special Assistant to the Clerk of the Court, Probation Officer, and Pretrial Services Officer. Duane is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors of the Justice Management Institute and has also served two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Court Management (NACM). He is also an active member of the Urban Court Managers Network. Duane holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of Science in Judicial Administration from American University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degreefrom Howard University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pam joined the JMI Board in March 2014. Pam serves as the Maryland State Court Administrator, a post to which she was appointed in August 2013. Pam has also served as the Court Administrator for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. She also currently holds the position of Immediate Past President of the National Association for Court Management. Pam is certified as a Fellow of the Court Executive Development Program of the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management and is also a member of their faculty for caseflow management. For more than a decade, Pam has been a member of JMI’s Urban Court Managers Network. Pam’s long background with the courts includes extensive experience working internationally. She currently serves on the board of the International Association for Court Administration as Vice President – International Associations and held a past position on the board of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium. Pam’s international expertise spans across a wide range of countries; she has been involved in rule of law initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Sri Lanka, India, and the Ukraine.
Judge Ron Reinstein
Judge Ron Reinstein joined the Board in 2015. Judge Reinstein retired in 2007 from the Superior Court of Arizona after 22 years on the bench. He now works as a judicial consultant for the Arizona Supreme Court and was appointed by the Chief Justice as the Director of the Center for Evidence Based Sentencing. He was appointed to the bench in December of 1985, and served as the Presiding Criminal Judge from 1990-1998, and the Associate Presiding Judge of the Court from 1998-2000. Prior to his appointment he was a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney from 1974 to 1985, serving as Supervisor of the Criminal Trial Unit and the head of the Sex Crimes Unit. He received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1970, his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1973, and was inducted into the School of Law’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2002. JMI has worked closely with Judge Reinstein on projects including JMI’s Smarter Sentencing training. He also serves as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, National Center for State Courts, National Institute of Corrections, Center for Effective Public Policy, National Forensic Science Technology Center, Justice Department Office of Victims of Crime, the Crime and Justice Institute, and the Center for Sex Offender Management.
Judge Margaret Poles Spencer
Judge Spencer has been a Judge since 1994 and currently presides in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Virginia. She previously served as an Associate Professor at Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, an Assistant Attorney General in Virginia, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. She has been an adjunct professor at three Virginia law schools – University of Virginia, University of Richmond, and Marshall-Wythe. She is a member of several legal organizations and committees, including the American Law Institute [Fellow], Virginia Bar Foundation [Fellow], Faculty of the National Judicial College, Virginia Drug Treatment Court Statewide Advisory Committee, and the Capital Litigation Workshop Faculty for the Supreme Court of Virginia. She previously served on the Virginia Board of Corrections, the Virginia Legislative Commission on Sentencing and Parole Reform, the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, the Education and the Administration Committees, Judicial Conference of Virginia, and the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Faculty. Judge Spencer has also published law review articles in the Connecticut Law Review and the Villanova Law Review. Judge Spencer received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University. She belongs to the Virginia State and District of Columbia Bars.
Bob Wessels, Treasurer
Bob Wessels served as court manager of the Harris County Courts system from 1974 to 2011. Currently, Bob is Vice Chair of Texas’s Judicial Committee on Information Technology; on the Board of SEARCH—The National Consortium for Criminal Justice Information and Statistics; program coordinator for the Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners; and a fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He has taught as an adjunct professor on numerous topics and is a founding member of the Texas Association for Court Administration (TACA); the National Association for Court Management (NACM), of which he is also a past president; and JMI’s Urban Court Managers Network. Bob is the recipient of many awards, including the Justice Charles W. Barrow Award; NCSC’s Distinguished Service Award and Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Court Administration; NACM’s Award of Merit; the Chair’s Award of Excellence from the Judicial Section, State Bar of Texas; JMI’s Ernest C. Friesen Award; SEARCH’s Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award; and the Robert O. Dawson Award, presented by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. In 1996, TACA created the the Bob Wessels Scholarship. He received his BBA from Sam Houston State University and an MA from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.