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New Committee Chairs, New Executive Committee Members Named
On October 1, 2006, three new members joined the Executive Committee of the
Judicial Conference, three Judicial Conference committees have new chairs, and
the extended terms of four committee chairs began.
Judge Lawrence L. Piersol (D. S.D.), Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica (3rd
Cir.) and Chief Judge Deanell R. Tacha (10th Cir.) replaced Chief Judge Joel M.
Flaum (7th Cir.), Judge David L. Russell (W.D. Okla.), and Chief Judge John
Walker, Jr. (2nd Cir.) on the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is
the senior executive arm of the Judicial Conference, acting on behalf of the
Conference between regular sessions.
The new committee chairs are Judge Roger L. Gregory (4th Cir.), who succeeds
Judge Robert B. Kugler (D. N.J.) as chair of the Committee on the Administrative
Office; Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh (D. N.J.), succeeding Judge Nina Gershon (E.D.
N.Y.) as chair of the Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges
System; and Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon (D. Neb.) succeeding Judge Jane R.
Roth (3rd Cir.) as chair of the Committee on Space and Facilities. All new
chairs will serve terms of three years.
Four committee chairs will serve extended terms. Judge Marjorie O. Rendell
(3rd Cir.), chair of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy
System; Chief Judge David F. Levi (E.D. Cal.), chair of the Committee on Rules
of Practice and Procedure; and Judge Lee H. Rosenthal (S.D. Tex.), chair of the
Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, have had their terms as chairs extended for
one year. Judge Royce C. Lamberth (D. D.C.), chair of the Committee on
Intercircuit Assignments, will serve another three-year term.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. makes all appointments to Judicial
Conference committees and determines tenure. He is assisted by the Judicial
Conference Secretary, Administrative Office Director James C. Duff. Committee
chairs, with the exception of the Executive, Judicial Branch, and Budget
Committees, generally serve a term of three years.