Dean of WFU law school appointed to federal judicial board

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law has been appointed to a federal judicial board by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The university said Thursday that the five-year appointment of Blake Morant to the Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board began Oct. 24. The board reviews and accepts proposed gifts for the work of the center. Congress created the foundation in 1990.

The center is the federal judicial branch’s agency for orientation and continuing education of federal judges and court personnel, and for policy research about federal court procedures and practices.

Congress has directed the center to encourage study of the history of the federal courts, and to provide information and assistance to foreign judges and others seeking to improve judicial administration in other countries.

The board has seven members: three are appointed by the chief justice; two by the president pro tem of the U.S. Senate; and two by the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Wake law school’s dean emeritus, Robert Walsh, recently ended a five-year term on the board. Walsh, who serves as a law professor, also was appointed by Roberts.

By Richard Craver/Winston-Salem Journal