7th Circuit judges St. Eve, Scudder named Judicial Conference committee chairs

Two 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judges have been selected to serve as chairs of Judicial Conference committees, United States Chief Justice John Roberts announced Thursday.

7th Circuit Judge Amy J. St. Eve was appointed newest chair of the Committee on the Budget, while Judge Michael Y. Scudder now serves as the chair of the Committee on Information Technology, according to the U.S. Courts. The appointments were effective Oct. 1.

The 7th Circuit judges succeeded Kansas District Court Senior Judge John W. Lungstrum on the budget committee and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas M. Hardiman on the IT committee.

Roberts, who presides over the 26-member Judicial Conference, named five new chairs to its committees and extended the term of four current chairs by one year.

The policy-making body’s members include chief judges of the 13 federal courts of appeals — including 7th Circuit Chief Judge Diane Sykes — a district judge from each of the 12 geographic circuits — including Indiana Northern District Court Chief Judge Jon DeGuilio — and the chief judge of the Court of International Trade.

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