The US District Court for the District of Rhode Island announced this week that, effective December 1, 2013, Judge William E. Smith assumes the position of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.
Chief Judge Smith succeeds Judge Mary M. Lisi, who served as Chief Judge from December 1, 2006 through November 30, 2013. By statute, the chief judge is the most senior active district judge who is under 65 years of age and who has not previously served as chief judge. The term of service is seven (7) years. Judge Lisi will remain in active service on the Court.
The chief judge has a leadership role in court management and exercises authority and responsibility to act and speak on behalf of the other district judges in a wide range of management and operational matters.
The Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is hosting a reception to honor the dedication and service of Judge Lisi as she completes her tenure and to congratulate Judge Smith as he begins his term as Chief Judge on Friday, December 13, 2013 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Maxwell Mays gallery of the Providence Art Club. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Treasurer Andrew Richardson, Esq. at Andy@bhrlaw.com