Buried in Supreme Court orders Monday was a new appointment from the court of its eleventh-ever Marshal. Col. Gail A. Curley has been the high court’s choice for the role of chief security officer and much more, as defined by federal law.
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(b) The marshal can, with the permission of the Chief Justice of the United States, appoint and fix the compensation of necessary assistants and other personnel to attend the Court, and mandatory custodial workers.
(c) The marshal shall:
(1) Attend the Court at its sessions;
(2) Serve and execute all orders and process issued from the Court or some member thereof;
(3) Take charge of property of the United States used by the Court or its members;
(4) Disburse funds appropriated to job on the Supreme Court building and grounds under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol upon certified vouchers submitted by the Architect;
(5) Disburse funds appropriated for the purchase of books, pamphlets, periodicals and other books, and for their repair, binding, and rebinding, upon vouchers certified by the librarian of the Court;
(6) Pay the wages of the Chief Justice, associate justices, and all employees and officials of the Court and disburse different funds appropriated for disbursement, under the leadership of the Chief Justice;
(7) Pay the costs of printing briefs and travel expenses of attorneys in behalf of men whose moves to appear in forma pauperis in the Supreme Court are approved and if counsel are appointed by the Supreme Court, upon vouchers certified by the clerk of the Court;
(8) Oversee the Supreme Court Police.
“It is ordered that Gail A. Curley be appointed Marshal of the Court, effective June 21, 2021,” the court said in its Monday orders list.
The Supreme Court’s Public Information Office went into a lot more detail about Col. Curley’s background, noting that she will be the eleventh Marshal of the Supreme Court along with also the next woman to serve in that position.
Curley”succeeds Pamela Talkin, who retired July 31, 2020 following 19 years as Marshal,”an announcement said. “As Marshal, Col. Curley will function as the Court’s chief security officer, centers secretary, and contracting executive, handling approximately 260 workers, such as the Supreme Court Police Force, that provides safety for the Justices, Court personnel, visitors, the building and surrounding grounds. Col. Curley will phone the Supreme Court to order in debate sessions, maintaining order and decorum during Court proceedings.”
Out of here, the court focused on Curley’s military and legal expertise:
Col. Curley includes the Court from the U.S. Army where she had been the leader of the National Security Law Division at the Office of The Judge Advocate General. She supervised a group of judge advocates, led the strategic engagements plan for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and provided legal advice and support on national safety law to senior Army leadership. By 2016 to 2019,” Col. Curley was the staff judge advocate for Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe at Wiesbaden, Germany, where she served as the senior U.S. Army attorney for a region comprising 50 states and supervised over 300 authorized professionals. She’s held a huge array of leadership and legal places over her military career at several locations such as Germany, Afghanistan, and the continental United States.
Col. Curley obtained her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Illinois College of Law and went , five Decades later, to receive a Master of Laws degree at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center.
[Picture via U.S. Army]
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