A new class of Supreme Court fellows, drawn from the public and private sectors, soon will begin working on the problems and issues facing the judiciary.
A nine-member commission appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. selected four fellows for the 2010-2011 program. Chief Justice Warren Burger created the program in 1973 to give individuals from diverse backgrounds a close-up understanding of the federal government, particularly the judicial branch.
The four newest fellows, who will begin either this month or in September, depending on their job status, are:
Assistant U.S. Attorney April Christine of the Central District of California. She will work at the U.S. Supreme Court conducting research, briefing visiting dignitaries, preparing analytical reports, and overseeing the Judicial Internship Program.
Ryan Rowberry, an associate in the environment and natural resources division in the Washington office of Hogan Lovells US. He will work in the Federal Judicial Center’s International Division and the Federal Judicial History Office.
Holly Sellers, chief administrative officer of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She will be a fellow at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, where she will analyze studies requested by Congress or the Judicial Conference, and research the federal rule-making process within the Office of Judges’ Programs.
James Tysse, a law clerk for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He is assigned to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to do legal research concerning sentencing guideline issues and legislative directives pending before the commission.
The fellowship is a one-year appointment and fellows become employees of the federal court system at salaries equivalent to GS-15/3 of the government pay scale (currently $128,886).