James C. Duff

James C. Duff

Infobox Officeholder
name=James C. Duff

office=Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts
term_start=July 1, 2006
appointer=John G. Roberts, Jr.
predecessor=Leonidas Ralph Mecham

James C. Duff is the current Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. United States Chief Justice John Roberts announced Duff's appointment on April 20, 2006.Arberg, Kathy (April 2006). Press Release. [http://www.uscourts.gov/Press_Releases/newdirector.pdf (PDF)] , [http://www.supremecourtus.gov/publicinfo/press/pr_04-20-06.html (HTML)] . Retrieved on 2008-05-08] Duff assumed the office on July 1, 2006, succeeding Leonidas Ralph Mecham, who had served as Director for more than two decades.

Education and early career

Duff graduated from the University of Kentucky Honors Program in 1975 with a degree in political science and philosophy, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and played on the university’s basketball team. After studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1974, he returned to the U.S. in 1975 to work as an aide in the chambers of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.cite web|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/04/AR2005090401523.html|title=One Man's Unwavering Constitution|last=Davis|first=Marcia|date=September 5, 2005|work=The Washington Post|pages=C1|accessdate=2008-05-08] He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1981,cite web|url=http://www.uscourts.gov/ttb/augttb96/duff.htm|title=New Administrative Assistant Begins Duties at Supreme Court|accessdate=2008-05-02] then worked at the law firm "Clifford and Warnke", where, nine years later, in 1990, he became a partner. In 1991, following the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal that resulted in the law firm's dissolution, [cite web|url=http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/1992_rpt/bcci/13clifford.htm|title=Clark Clifford and Robert Altman|last=Kerry|first=John|coauthors=Brown, Hank|date=December 1992|work=The BCCI Affair|accessdate=2008-05-02] a large contingent of "Clifford and Warnke" lawyers and staff, including Mr. Duff, were acquired by the firm of Howrey and Simon. [Walsh, Sharon (December 1991). "Warnke, Others Leave Clark Clifford Law Firm." "The Washington Post". C1. [http://www.proquest.com/ ProQuest] . Retrieved on 2008-05-02.] Duff's practice focused on antitrust and commercial litigation and international trade.

Legal and political career

From 1996 to 2000, Duff was Chief Justice William Rehnquist's Administrative Assistant, serving as his liaison with the other branches of government and as Executive Director of the Judicial Fellows Commission. Preceding Sally Rider as the equivalent of the Chief Justice's chief of staff, [cite web|url=http://www.uscourts.gov/ttb/aug00ttb/newasst.html|title=New Administrative Assistant at Supreme Court|accessdate=2008-05-02] Duff assisted Rehnquist in his roles as chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Federal Judicial Center Board and as presiding officer of the U.S. Senate’s 1999 impeachment trial of President Clinton.

From 2000 to 2006, Duff served as the managing partner of the Washington office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a law firm based in Memphis, Tennessee. [cite web|url=http://www.bakerdonelson.com/News.aspx?NodeID=196&NewsID=137|title= Chief Justice Roberts Appoints Jim Duff of Baker Donelson to U.S. Courts Director Position|date=2006-05-12|work=www.BakerDonelson.com|accessdate=2008-05-06] ["Noted ...." "Wall Street Journal". April 25, 2006: B11. [http://www.proquest.com/ ProQuest] . Retrieved on 2008-05-08.] He has represented the Federal Judges Association before Congress [cite web|url=http://fja.fed.egovapps.com/egov/apps/egov/connect.egov?path=printable&id=24|title=Federal Judges Association Newsletter|date=November 30, 2004|accessdate=2008-05-06] as well as The Freedom Forum,Fact|date=May 2008 the nonpartisan foundation that runs Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, the First Amendment Center, and the Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

In September 2005, Duff was a pallbearer at Rehnquist's funeral, [cite web|url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05250/566885.stm|title=Rehnquist lies in state|last=McGough|first=Michael|date=September 7, 2005|work=Post Gazette|accessdate=2008-05-08] alongside seven of Rehnquist's former law clerks.

Personal life

Duff and his wife, Kathleen Gallagher Duff, live in Bethesda, Maryland, and have three children.


External links

* [http://www.fellows.supremecourtus.gov/ The Supreme Court Fellows Program]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3163-2005Feb6.html Serving in the Chief Justice's Shadow] (Information about Sally Rider)

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