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Administrator to lead national group

Michael W. Hoskins
September 7, 2007
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The Indiana Court of Appeals administrator is now the president of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks.

Members of the 265-person organization elected Steve Lancaster to a one-year term following the NCACC's annual conference in New Orleans in August.

The Shelbyville native will lead the organization designed to improve the skill and efficiency of court clerks, promote more efficient court administration, and collect and disseminate information and ideas to members.

"I'm really excited and humbled," Lancaster said about his election.

He hopes to strengthen the self-sustaining group's educational fund, which has been established in recent years and is designed to pay for speakers at the annual conference and get information to clerks and administrators who can't attend. Lancaster also wants to establish a budget with the National Center for State Courts that oversees the clerk's conference.

Through the years, Lancaster said the contacts and ideas he's garnered from the national group is valuable and has helped improve Indiana's system.

Lancaster became the appellate court's administrator in September 1995, following 28 years in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps where he retired as a colonel. He is a 1970 graduate of Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.

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