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Education Advisory Committees

Advisory committees provide guidance on curriculum development and education programs and publications. The Chief Justice appoints the members of the advisory committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, District, and Magistrate Judge Education and the Benchbook committee, and Center Board members serve on each of these committees.

In 2015, the Center reorganized several education advisory committees to parallel the 2014 reorganization of the Education Division, the purpose of which is to integrate leadership, management, and common professional skills education and training across all court units. Consequently, the Executive Education, Management and Professional Development Education, and Probation and Pretrial Services Education Advisory Committees were formed in March 2015.

The advisory committees have the following membership as of January 2017.

Committee on Appellate Judge Education

Judge Sandra Segal Ikuta (9th Cir.), Chair 

Judge Janice Rogers Brown (D.C. Cir.)

Judge Kent A. Jordan (3d Cir.), Center Board Representative 

Judge David S. Tatel (D.C. Cir.), Center Board Representative 

Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie (3d Cir.)

Michele E. Reed (Chief, Judicial Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education

Bankruptcy Judge Shelley C. Chapman (S.D.N.Y.), Chair 

Bankruptcy Judge Mildred Caban (D.P.R.)

Bankruptcy Judge John E. Hoffman, Jr. (S.D. Ohio)

Bankruptcy Judge William J. Lafferty III (N.D. Cal.)

Chief Bankruptcy Judge C. Ray Mullins (N.D. Ga.), Center Board Representative 

Judge Pamela Pepper (E.D. Wis.)

Troy McKenzie (New York University School of Law)

Michele E. Reed (Chief, Judicial Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Committee on District Judge Education

Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger (D. Colo.), Chair 

Judge Edward M. Chen (N.D. Cal.)

Judge Curtis Lynn Collier (E.D. Tenn.), Center Board Representative 

Judge Catherine C. Eagles (M.D.N.C.)

Judge Amy J. St. Eve (N.D. Ill.)

Judge George Z. Singal (D. Me.), Center Board Representative

Chief Judge William E. Smith (D.R.I.)

Michele E. Reed (Chief, Judicial Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Committee on Magistrate Judge Education

Magistrate Judge Lisa P. Lenihan (W.D. Pa.), Chair 

Magistrate Judge Sonja F. Bivins (S.D. Ala.)

Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman (W.D.N.Y.), Center Board Representative 

Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse (D. Utah) 

Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders (N.D. Miss.) 

Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart (D. Neb.)

Michele E. Reed (Chief, Judicial Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Committee on the Benchbook for U.S. District Court Judges

Judge John W. Lungstrum (D. Kan.), Chair 

Judge Irene M. Keeley (N.D. W. Va.)

Judge Ann D. Montgomery (D. Minn.)

Judge Kimberly J. Mueller (E.D. Cal.), Center Board Representative 

Chief Judge Patti B. Saris (D. Mass. and U.S. Sentencing Commission)

Judge Robert H. Whaley (E.D. Wash.)

Committee on Court Attorney Education

D. Robert Smith, Staff Attorney (N.D. Tex.), Chair 

Kimberly Berger, Pro Se Law Clerk (D. Md.)

Lisa Fitzgerald, Senior Staff Attorney (9th Cir.)

Eileen Garcia-Wirshing, Career Law Clerk, Chief District Judge (D.P.R.)

Terees Jenkins, Pro Se Law Clerk (E.D. Tex.)

Jennifer Knight, Career Law Clerk, District Judge (D.D.C.)

Lauren Mandel, Career Law Clerk, District Judge (E.D. Mich.)

Delores Simmons, Career Law Clerk, District Judge (D.D.C.)

Tamala Wayne, Supervisory Staff Attorney (2d Cir.)

Gloria J. Malkin (Attorney Advisor, Court Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Henry Wigglesworth (Senior Attorney, Judicial Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Defender Services Advisory Group Panel on Defender Education

Jon Sands (Federal Public Defender, D. Ariz.), Chair 

Denise Barrett (Sentencing Resource Counsel Project)

Lisa Freeland (Federal Public Defender, W.D. Pa.)

Christina Hunt (Federal Community Defender, M.D. Ga.)

David McCann (CJA Panel Attorney Representative, D.S.C.)

Marjorie Meyers (Federal Public Defender, S.D. Tex.)

Anthony Natale (Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, S.D. Fla.)

David Patton (Federal Community Defender (E. & S.D.N.Y.)

Gilbert Schaffnit (CJA Panel Attorney Representative, N.D. Fla.)

Carlos Williams (Federal Community Defender, S.D. Ala.)

James Wyda (Federal Public Defender, D. Md.)

Committee on Executive Education

Claudia Bernard (Chief Circuit Mediator, 9th Cir.), Chair 

Angela Caesar (Clerk of Court, D.D.C.)

James Corpening (Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, E.D.N.C.)

John Domurad (Chief Deputy, N.D.N.Y.)

Frances McNulty (Chief Deputy, W.D. Va.)

Carol Miyashiro (Chief U.S. Pretrial Services Officer, D. Haw.)

Chief Bankruptcy Judge C. Ray Mullins (N.D. Ga.), Center Board Representative 

Chief Judge David Nuffer (D. Utah)

Sandra Smith (Chief Deputy, Bankr. E.D. Cal.)

Diane Zech (Clerk of Court, Bankr. D. Neb.)

Leeann Yufanyi (Deputy Chief, Court Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

Grant Meyers (Probation Administrator, Probation and Pretrial Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

Committee on Management and Professional Development Education

Katherine Gullo (Clerk of Court, Bankr. E.D. Mich.), Chair 

Beryl Dixon (Officer of Planning and Personnel Management, Bankr. C.D. Cal.)

Julie Jones (Branch Librarian, 2d Cir.)

Kit Lemon (Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer, D. Neb.)

Woodrow Parks (Training Specialist, Bankr. D. Minn.)

Karen Prochniewski (Training Manager, E.D. Wis.)

Eric Storms (Chief Deputy, D. Me.)

Jeffrey Thomason (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, D. Idaho)

Lisa Tidwell (Courtroom Services Supervisor, S.D. Ill.)

William Hicks, Jr. (Probation Administrator, Probation and Pretrial Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

Gary McCaffrey, (Chief, Operations Division, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)

Committee on Probation and Pretrial Services Education

Yador Harrell (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, N.D. Cal.), Chair

Douglas Burris (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, E.D. Mo.)

Suzan Contreras (Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer, W.D. Tex.)

Troy Greve (Supervising U.S. Probation Officer, D. Neb.)

Elisa Martinez (Sr. U.S. Probation Officer/Treatment Specialist, D.N.J.)

LaToya Myles (U.S. Probation Officer, M.D. Fla.)

Wade Warren (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, D.N.D.)

Mary Jean Gagnon-Odom (Chief, Training & Skills Branch, Federal Probation and Pretrial Academy, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

Amanda Garcia (Probation Administrator, Probation and Pretrial Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)