O’Scannlain’s Committee Appointment Extended

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain will serve an additional year leading a Judicial Conference of the United States committee, the 9th Circuit said.
     The U.S. Supreme Court’s head, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., had appointed the 9th Circuit judge as chair of the conference’s Committee on International Judicial Relations in 2010.
     With that appointment set to end this year, Roberts announced last week that he would extend it through October 1, 2014.
     The Judicial Conference is the national governing body for the federal courts. The conference’s Committee on International Judicial Relations helps establish and expand the rule of law throughout the world. It was formed in 1993 amid an increasing demand from newly emerging democracies and developing countries for information about judicial independence, legal traditions and effective court administration in the United States, according to a statement from the 9th Circuit.
     “The committee is currently involved in activities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Basin, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia,” the statement continues. “In addition to its own initiatives, the committee collaborates on projects with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Justice, the World Bank, the Federal Judicial Center, and the Library of Congress.”
     President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge O’Scannlain to the 9th Circuit in 1986. A Manhattan-born son of Irish immigrants, O’Scannlain ranks fourth in seniority among the court’s 28 active judges.
     He maintains chambers at the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Ore.

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