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James Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, during a House Committee on Appropriations Supreme Court budget hearing, on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

James Duff has labored in the Third Branch of government for 45 years, working with two chief justices (Warren Burger and William Rehnquist) and serving twice as director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, from 2006 to 2011, and then from 2015 to now.

In between those stints, Duff was chief executive officer of the now-closed Newseum, a tour of duty that enforced his belief in the importance of the First Amendment. Earlier, he also was managing partner at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz.

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Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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