Third Circuit officially announces new Chief

The Third Circuit today posted a news release announcing that Judge Smith will succeed Chief Judge McKee as the court’s Chief Judge, link here. Not many press releases qualify as can’t-miss reading, but I recommend it.

Two highlights:

“The Third Circuit is fortunate to have at the helm a judge with Brooks Smith’s
demonstrated record of leadership. Judge Smith led the judiciary through a significant
courthouse space reduction plan while also helping us secure a major commitment from
Congress to replace aging court facilities around the country,” said James C. Duff, the Director
of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.


Judge Smith said, “Ted McKee is not only my colleague; he is also my dear friend.
Following him as Chief Judge of the Third Circuit goes beyond what I would call a ‘daunting
challenge.’ I may be succeeding him, but there is no way I can take his place. I am fortunate
that he will continue on the court as an active judge, and as someone I will look to for advice and counsel.”