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September 2006

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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.