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The First-Ever Federal Judicial Integrity Officer

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By George Khoury, Esq. on December 11, 2018 10:36 AM

Remember how the Chief Justice responded to the complaints that the federal judiciary failed to protect employees from sexual harassment and misconduct?

Well, a big hire has been made, and it seems to be a step in the right direction for the whole federal judiciary. Jill Langley, a longtime Tenth Circuit employee, has been appointed as the first-ever Judicial Integrity Officer. That position is the result of the Workplace Conduct Working Group that came together after the allegations against Judge Kozinski came to light.

What's This About?

The Judicial Integrity Officer is part of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and is considered an independent unit.

It is tasked with supporting court employees nationwide with advice and assistance when it comes to workplace misconduct issues, as well as explaining the complaint process, and tracking data for trends. Additionally, the new officer of the courts will be required to provide training to the courts' employees, as well as provide guidance to the employee relations officers and coordinators in the courts across the country.

Made to Be an Integrity Officer

Based on the announcement of the U.S. Courts, Jill Langley seems uniquely qualified for the job. For the last 13 years, she has been focused on employee dispute resolution for the Tenth Circuit, and has been with the federal circuit court for nearly a quarter century in total. During that tenure, she designed a nationally recognized training program on employee dispute resolution and has become known for providing leadership and training in the subject.

Also, Langley earned her J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State, and even practiced before accepting a job with the United States courts.

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