The Howell Heflin Award was given to the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education as the State Justice
Institute funded project that had the greatest impact on the quality of justice in
state courts. Only one award is given per year. It was presented to Dr. Patricia H.
Murrell at the United States Supreme Court on November 15, 1999, in the presence of
approximately 300 persons including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Attorney General
Janet Reno, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, numerous
chief justices of state supreme courts, and other dignitaries from the state courts.
The Warren Burger Award 2000 also was awarded to Dr. Patricia H. Murrell, Director, Leadership Institute
in Judicial Education, for her significant contribution to the field of court administration
through her leadership in the field of judicial learning and teaching. This award
was presented at the annual luncheon meeting of the National Association for Court
Management in Atlanta, Georgia, in August 2000, with approximately 400 people in attendance.
A Harrison Tweed Special Merit Award was presented to Dr. Patricia H. Murrell at the annual meeting of the American Bar
Association in August 2001. This award recognizes the contribution that the Leadership
Institute in Judicial Education has made to the education of judicial educators, judges
and other court personnel. The American Law Institute-American Bar Association delivered
In 2002, the Leadership Institute in Judicial Education received the Tennessee Board of Regents’ Academic Excellence and Quality Award in recognition for contributing as, "an outstanding example of the public service
activities our universities and colleges undertake," and "having a real impact on
the quality of justice in our state and our nation."