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Hawaiʻi judge assigned to federal Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference

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A judge in Hawaiʻi has been assigned to a seven-member group that sets administrative policy for the federal judiciary.

U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S.

The committee serves as the senior executive arm of the judicial conference. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has the sole authority to make committee appointments.

The judicial conference sets national administrative policy for the federal judiciary, and approves its budget requests for Congress.

“My appointment is an incredible opportunity to share the Ninth Circuit’s innovative work to support an open and independent judiciary in these unprecedented times, and I am honored to serve,” she said in a statement.

Kobayashi has been part of the conference since October. She has been a federal district court judge since President Barack Obama nominated her in 2010.

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