Roanoke's U.S. District Court judges are attending the seminar this week, where Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is scheduled to speak.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
More than 140 federal judges and 750 attorneys are far from their usual courtrooms this week for a seminar in southern West Virginia.
Judges Glen Conrad, James Turk and Michael Urbanski of the U.S. District Court in Roanoke are signed out for the rest of the week at the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, 20 miles west of Covington, according to the court’s calendar.
The Richmond-based Fourth Circuit is a collection of federal criminal, civil, bankruptcy and appellate courts serving the East Coast from Maryland to South Carolina. Its conference, which happens every one or two years, is “for education and the exchange of ideas for the improvement of the administration of justice within our circuit,”said Caron Paniccia, assistant circuit executive for administration at the court agency.
The event is “fully self-sustaining from attorney registration fees,” though public funds are spent for the travel of judges and court staff as the law requires, Paniccia said.
Conferees will attend sessions on the economic outlook, equal justice, antitrust law and major U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Chief Justice John Roberts is scheduled to speak.