LITTLE ROCK — The National Center for State Courts posthumously inducted Jim Hannah, former Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice, into the Warren E. Burger Society during its annual Recognition Luncheon last month.


Hannah died Jan. 14 at 71, 3½ months after he retired from the Arkansas Supreme Court. He had served as chair of the NCSC Board of Directors since 2010, as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and as president of the State Justice Institute.


“Jim had an amazing work ethic,” said longtime friend and colleague Chief Justice David Gilbertson of South Dakota in a news release issued Tuesday. “He is the only person I know of who led all three organizations. All were elected positions voted on by his peers. Even more amazing is that he held all three offices at the same time while still doing an exemplary job of being the chief justice of Arkansas.”


The Burger Society honors individuals who have volunteered their time, talent and support to NCSC in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971.


Burger inductees receive a limited edition portrait of Burger. Jim Hannah’s widow, Pat, accepted the portrait on his behalf.


“Jim would have been sure to thank his family, most of whom are here today, and his friends and colleagues that made it possible for him to give of himself to the organizations he held dear,” she said during the luncheon. “He was always one to give credit where it was due and would have reminded you all to appreciate and be thankful for those who support you in your life and work.”