Chief Justice John Roberts has named Judge Patrick J. Schiltz of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota as chair of the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules.
The appointment took effect October 1 and Judge Schiltz succeeds Chief Judge Debra Ann Livingston of the Second Circuit. The 26-member Judicial Conference (https://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/governance-judicial-conference/about-judicial-conference) is the policy-making body for the federal court system. By statute, the Chief Justice of the United States serves as its presiding officer and its members are the chief judges of the 13 courts of appeals, a district judge from each of the 12 geographic circuits, and the chief judge of the Court of International Trade. The Conference meets twice a year to consider administrative and policy issues affecting the court system, and to make recommendations to Congress concerning legislation involving the Judicial Branch.