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Justice Roberts Names New Judicial Conference Committee Chairs

By Robyn Hagan Cain on September 22, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Chief Justice John Roberts named eight judges as new committee chairs for the Judicial Conference this week, and extended the service of three judges as committee chairs.

Among the eight new chairs, Justice Roberts appointed Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Rogers as the new chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct. Judge Rogers, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has served on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2002.

The other new committee chairs are:

  • Judge Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia, Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction.
  • Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. of the Western District of Kentucky, Committee on Financial Disclosure.
  • Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Committee on Judicial Resources.
  • Judge Nancy Atlas of the Southern District of Texas, Committee on Judicial Security.
  • Judge Mark R. Kravitz of the District of Connecticut, Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
  • Judge David G. Campbell of the District of Arizona, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.
  • Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules.

The 26-member Judicial Conference is the policy-making body for the federal court system. Justice Roberts serves as its presiding officer.

Each Judicial Conference committee reviews issues within its established jurisdictions and makes policy recommendations to the Conference as a whole. The committees are policy-advisory entities and are not involved in making day-to-day management decisions for the United States courts or for the Administrative Office.

Committee appointments rotate on October 1 each year. As a general rule, committee appointments are for a term of three years, subject to one reappointment. Terms are staggered to minimize annual turnover.

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