5th Circ.'s New Chief Takes The Reins As Budget Dwindles

Law360, Dallas (October 5, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Fifth Circuit Judge Carl E. Stewart, known for his intense preparation, probing questions and calm demeanor, says the biggest challenge he'll face in his new role as chief judge is managing the courts in the face of a shrinking budget.

Judge Stewart began as chief Oct. 1, after Judge Edith Jones announced she would step down from the role three months earlier than expected. The Shreveport, La., native was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and is the first African-American to serve as chief judge...
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