Federal Judicial Center



Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building,

One Columbus Circle NE., Washington, DC 20002-8003

Phone, 202-502-4000. Internet, http://www.fjc.gov.

Director Barbara J. Rothstein

Deputy Director John S. Cooke

Director, Education Division Bruce M. Clarke

Director, Systems Innovation and Development Ted E. Coleman


Director, Research Division James B. Eaglin

Director, Interjudicial Relations Office Mira Gur-Arie

Director, Federal Judicial History Office Bruce A. Ragsdale

Director, Communications Policy and Design Sylvan A. Sobel



The Federal Judicial Center is the judicial branch's agency for policy research and continuing education.

The Federal Judicial Center was created by act of December 20, 1967 (28 U.S.C. 620), to further the development and adoption of improved judicial administration in the courts of the United States.

The Center's basic policies and activities are determined by its Board, which is composed of the Chief Justice of the United States, who is permanent Chair of the Board by statute, and two judges of the U.S. courts of appeals, three judges of the U.S. district courts, one bankruptcy judge, and one magistrate judge, all of whom are elected for

4-year terms by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts is also a permanent member of the Board.

Pursuant to statute, the Center carries out the following duties:

--develops and administers orientation and continuing education programs for Federal judges, Federal defenders, and nonjudicial court personnel, including probation officers, pretrial services officers, and clerks' office employees;

--conducts empirical and exploratory research and evaluation on Federal judicial processes, court management, and sentencing and its consequences, usually for the committees of the Judicial Conference or the courts themselves;


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