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Justice Roberts Appoints Judge Tymkovich as Committee Chair

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.

Justice Roberts named Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Timothy Tymkovich as the new chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources. Judge Tymcovich, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has served on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2003.

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 John Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Committee on Codes of Conduct.
  • 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.

The Conference of Senior Circuit Judges was created by Congress in 1922, to serve as the principal policy making body concerned with the administration of the U.S. Courts. In 1948, Congress enacted section 331 of title 28, United States Code, changing the name to the Judicial Conference of the United States. District judges were formally added to the Conference in 1957.

The fundamental purpose of the Judicial Conference is to make policy with regard to the administration of the U.S. courts.

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