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November 2006

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Deputy Director Named at AO

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has named Jill Sayenga deputy director of the Administrative Office. She joins the AO from the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where she was circuit executive.

In announcing the selection, the Chief Justice noted, “Jill is familiar with the challenges facing the Administrative Office through her service as a circuit executive, and I am confident she will bring to her new position the same energy and hands-on management skills that made her such a success as a circuit executive in meeting the needs of judges.”

As deputy director, Sayenga will be responsible for providing management and oversight of day-to-day operations at the AO and implementing short- and long-term goals, objectives, and policies.

“Jill is very experienced in the federal court system and its operations,” said AO Director James C. Duff. “She has the demeanor, experience, and skills to assist the AO both internally and externally as we fulfill our mission to serve the courts. She will be a great asset to the AO.”

Sayenga has served as circuit executive for the District of Columbia Circuit for eight years and before that as the deputy circuit executive for ten years. She was responsible for performing circuit-wide administrative and managerial duties, including planning and implementing policies dealing with court operations, security, emergency preparedness, personnel and human resources, space and facilities and budget management.

Sayenga was a special assistant to the chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia from 1983-1988. From 1981-1982, she was co-director of the Criminal Code Project of the Committee on the Judiciary for the Council of the District of Columbia. She served as staff attorney for the project from 1979-1981.

Sayenga graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1979.