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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 April 2018.

Committee on Appellate Judge Education

Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie (3d Cir.), Chair 

Judge Duane Benton (8th Cir.), Center Board Representative 

Judge David F. Hamilton (7th Cir.)

Judge Catharina Haynes (5th Cir.)

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

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)

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Tex.), Center Board Representative 

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

Troy McKenzie (Professor, New York University School of Law)

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Cynthia A. Norton  (W.D. Mo.)

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

Committee on District Judge Education

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

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

Judge Brian Cogan (E.D.N.Y.)

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

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

Judge Amy J. St. Eve (7th Cir.)

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

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

Committee on Magistrate Judge Education

Magistrate Judge Evelyn J. Furse (D. Utah), Chair 

Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker (S.D. Ind.), Center Board Representative

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

Magistrate Judge Jonathan E. Hawley (C.D. Ill.) 

Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli (M.D. Fla.)

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

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 Ann D. Montgomery (D. Minn.), Chair 

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

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

Judge Danny C. Reeves (E.D. Ky.)

Chief Judge Julie A. Robinson (D. Kan.)

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 

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson (D.N.J.)

Chief Judge David Nuffer (D. Utah)

Diane F. Bauersfeld (Deputy Circuit Librarian, 10th Cir.)

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.)

Janet Medlock (Clerk of Court, Bankr. E.D. Wis.)

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

Mitsi Westendorff (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, W.D. Tex.)

Robert Lowney (Chief, Court Services Office, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts)

Edyta Malik (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.)

Daniela Guido (Supervisory Pretrial Services Officer, D.N.J.)

Dailin Pena (Training Manager, Bankr. S.D. Fla.)

Karen Prochniewski (Director of Training & Special Projects, E.D. Wis.)

Brit Shelton (Supervisory Probation Officer, M.D. Tenn.)

Eric Storms (Chief Deputy, D. Me.)

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

Christopher Wolpert (Chief Deputy, 10th Cir.)

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

Tony Anderson (Chief U.S. Probation Officer, E.D. Tenn.)

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

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

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

Andrea Neumann (Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer, S.D. Iowa)

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

Jennifer Simone (U.S. Pretrial Services Officer Specialist, D. Nev.)

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

Cynthia Mazzei (Probation Administrator, Probation Training Academy)