Bill received the Medal of Honor Award from the National Center for Race Amity
on November 17, 2016

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2016 Recipients of the National Center for Race Amity Medal of Honor
on November 17, 2016



Bill's career has covered 45 years working in the field of justice at the state, federal and international level.

He began working at the ~California Judicial Council in the early 1970’s under the tutelage of Ralph Kleps. During this period he led several noteworthy studies on the language needs of non English speaking people with the judicial system,created the state judicial planning committee. He then took charge of the direction of the judicial reform effort in his home state of Kentucky. An effort that led to the comprehensive restructuring of the trial and appellate courts, abolishing bail bondsmen, and creating the first statewide pretrial release organization in the U.S.

From there he was invited to serve at the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel. He returned to the U.S. to assume duties as Circuit Executive for the federal courts in the Ninth Circuit covering 14 Western States and Pacific Territories. He was appointed by the Judicial Council of California to be Administrative Director of the Courts of California. During his tenure California undertook the largest successful civil trial delay reduction project in the U.S.

In addition, he oversaw the completion of major studies on gender and race bias in the justice system. In 1992 he cofounded a consulting firm, DPK Consulting, to work internationally on justice reforms around the globe. DPK has been recognized as a foremost rule of law firm through it’s projects in over 50 countries.

Bill served as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i’s of the United States for 23 years.

He has received numerous recognitions for his work, Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the Henry R. Heyburn Alumni Public Service Award from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Distinguished Public Service Award from Transylvania University, Council of State Governments award for one of 10 most significant new state programs in the U.S for creation of pretrial release program to mention a few. Bill has been recognized internationally for his dedication, passion, and expertise in justice and conflict resolution issues and, of course for his prowess as a scratch golfer.



       
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