Judge honored for years of service on blue ribbon panel

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Judge Damon Keith (seated, center) was front and center for the keepsake photo of the Judicial Branch Committee. Pictured are (seated, left to right) Judge Thomas Ambro, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Judge Marilyn Huff, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; Judge Rodney Sippel, chair of the Judicial Branch Committee; Judge Kristi DuBose, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Alabama; Cordia Strom, legislative affairs officer; and Richard Jaffe, attorney advisor; along with (standing, left to right) Judge Mark Falk, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; Dan Cunningham, deputy legislative affairs officer; Carol Messito, assistant general counsel; Judge Jeffery Hopkins, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio; Judge Dana Sabraw, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; Judge James Gritzner, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa; Judge Garvin Murtha, U.S. District Court for District of Vermont; Judge Reed O’Connor, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; Judge John Waites, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina; and David Sellers, public affairs officer.

Photo by John Meiu

Federal Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith was recognized December 6 at the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit for his 22 years of service on the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Keith, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, is based at the Detroit courthouse.

The committee, one of 20 such committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States, typically meets twice yearly in Washington, D.C., but convened at the Detroit courthouse to personally thank Keith for his service to the panel.

Keith was appointed to the committee in 1996 by the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and reappointed by current Chief Justice John Roberts.

The committee considers matters affecting the judiciary and its officers and fosters the judiciary’s relationships with Congress, the executive branch, media, bar and public.

The Judicial Branch Committee is chaired by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Rodney Sippel of the Eastern District of Missouri.