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Colonel Jill Curley, a US Army attorney advising military commanders on the National Security Act, will be the new Field Marshal of the Supreme Court, the court. Announced on Monday. Curly succeeds Pamela Talkin, the first woman to serve as a marshal, who retired last year after 19 years at the job.

Curley, who will start her new position on June 21, is coming to court 30 years after graduating from West Point with a BA in Political Science. She obtained her law degree from the University of Illinois Law School and two master’s degrees from graduate military schools. During her service in the military, Curley served (among other places) in Germany and Afghanistan; Most recently, she held the position of Head of the National Security Law Section in the Judge Prosecutor’s Office. In this position, she supervised advocates for judges and “provided legal advice and support on the National Security Law for the Army High Command,” according to the court.

As the Marshall of the Supreme Court, Curley will play her most conspicuous role whenever the justices take the stage to hear arguments or issue opinions, as she makes for “Oyez, oyez, oyez!” Announcing the official opening of each session. But Curley will also have broad responsibilities outside of the courtroom, including serving as “chief security officer, director of facilities, and contracting executive on the Supreme Court, and managing approximately 260 employees, including the Supreme Court police force.”

This post was Originally published in Howe on the Court.


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