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October 2011

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New Director of AO Appointed

Judge Thomas F. Hogan (D. D.C.)

Senior District Judge Thomas F. Hogan (D. D.C.) will be the new Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, beginning October 17. He succeeds James C. Duff and will serve a one-year term.

The announcement of the appointment was made by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who said, “I am delighted that Judge Hogan has agreed to take on this important responsibility. He is one of our nation’s most distinguished judges. Judge Hogan will bring extraordinary experience and insight to the position by virtue of his prior service to the Judiciary. In addition to his tenure as chief judge of a district court that hears many issues of national importance, he has served as a member of the Judicial Conference, chair of its Executive Committee, chair of the Conference’s Courtroom Technology Subcommittee, and a board member of the Federal Judicial Center. I look forward to working closely with Tom on the many critical issues facing the Judiciary.”

Hogan has nearly 30 years of federal judicial service. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1982, and he served as chief judge of that court from 2001 until 2008, when he assumed senior status. He chaired the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008.

Chief Judge David B. Sentelle (D.C. Cir.), chair of the Judicial Conference Executive Committee, noted that his committee “enthusiastically endorsed” Hogan’s selection as AO Director. “He has a long history of exemplary service to the Judiciary and the U.S. Judicial Conference,” Sentelle said. “We are most fortunate that he has agreed to continue that service in this new role.”

James C. Duff, Hogan’s predecessor, agreed. “Judge Hogan is a perfect choice by Chief Justice Roberts to be Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. He is and has been a leader in the Judiciary for many years. He is well-respected throughout all three branches of government and throughout the country. He’s also a dear friend and I couldn’t be more pleased for both the Chief Justice and the Judiciary.”