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Friday, August 22, 2008


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U.S. District Court for Central District Names New Executive


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has selected Terry Nafisi as new clerk of court and district executive, officials said yesterday.

She will assume her new duties Sept. 29, overseeing 350 employees working in deferral courthouses in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside.

Chief District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler called Nafisi an ďadministrative heavyweight,Ē and praised her 25 years of experience with the federal judiciary.†

The veteran administrator currently works as the deputy circuit executive in the Office of the Circuit Executive of the Ninth Circuit, which provides administrative support to the Ninth Circuitís Judicial Council and advises the courtís leadership.

During her tenure, the District Court said in a release, Nadisi initiated several policies that were subsequently adopted by federal courts across the country, including long-term disability insurance for court employees, the creation of death penalty law clerk positions, and a budgeting system to control costs for capital habeas cases the release stated. She is currently involved in a national pilot project for managing pro se cases.

The Michigan native attended Michigan State University where she received a bachelorís degree in political science and a masterís degree in public administration. She then worked for the Michigan Supreme Court for eight years as the assistant director of the Michigan Judicial Institute, one of the first state-sponsored continuing education programs for judges and court administrators, and as an administrative analyst.


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