Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that litigation partner George Hicks was recently appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.
The Committee is an 11-person body comprised of federal judges and three attorney representatives that evaluates the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, proposes rule changes, and prepares revisions of the rules for approval by the Judicial Conference, the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. Chief Justice Roberts himself was a former attorney representative on the Committee when he was in practice. George will serve a three-year term.
“It is a privilege to be appointed to the Committee,” Hicks said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to make an impact on issues affecting the federal court system and to contribute to the effective administration of justice.”
Mr. Hicks focuses primarily on Supreme Court and appellate matters as well as critical motions and legal issues in the trial courts. He has successfully argued before the Supreme Court, written successful merits briefs in 11 cases before the Court, and authored numerous successful petitions for certiorari. He has argued 31 appeals across the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits as well as before federal district and bankruptcy courts.
Established by Congress in 1922, the Judicial Conference of the United States is the national policymaking body for the federal courts. Led by the Chief Justice, the Conference operates through committees that review issues affecting the federal courts, including the rules of practice and procedure, and recommend changes for approval by the Supreme Court and Congress.