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Judge Angel Kelley has been confirmed and sworn in as District Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Massachusetts

Judge Angel Kelley has been confirmed and sworn in as District Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Massachusetts. Her nomination was confirmed by a Senate vote of 52–44. Judge Kelley (born 1967) served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court since 2013. She was appointed in 2010 to the Massachusetts Superior Court by then-Governor Deval Patrick. Prior to becoming a judge, Kelley was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009; an attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1997 to 2005; and a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn, NY from 1993 to 1997.
Col. Chad Koenig is the new Commander for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research  
Col. Chad Koenig recently became the new Commander for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He succeeds former Commander, BGen. Clint Murray, in the position. Col. Koenig was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Army Medical Specialist Corps, through ROTC from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Prior to his current position, he served as Commander of US Army Medical Department Activity and Director of Health Services for Fort Jackson; Chief of the Surgeon General’s Physical Performance Service Line; Chief Force Health Protection, Health Readiness Center of Excellence; Troop Commander, Womack Army Medical Center; and Detachment Commander, US Army Research Institute of Environment Medicine. Col. Koenig also served as the Army’s Chief Dietitian and Assistant Chief Army Medical Specialist Corps and then deployed to Afghanistan. He most recently served as the Deputy Commander for Patient Services, Brooke Army Medical Center. Col. Koenig holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Viterbo University, a Master’s in Nutrition and Health Sciences from Georgia State University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Army names a new Inspector General  
LtGen. Donna W. Martin recently became the new Inspector General for the Inspector General of the US Army. She succeeds former Inspector General, LtGen. Leslie C. Smith, in the position. LtGen. Martin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1988. Previously, she commanded the 385th Military Police Battalion (Dragoons) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. LtGen. Martin served as the Inspector General of the 3rd Infantry Division and then deployed to Iraq. She commanded the 202d Military Police Group (Criminal Investigation Division) at Kaiserslautern, Germany. LtGen. Martin also served as Chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment and Commandant of the Military Police School. Later she commanded the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. LtGen. Martin most recently served as the Provost Marshal General and Commanding General of US Army Criminal Investigation Command. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Col. Christopher J. Southard has taken command for the Colorado Air National Guard 140th Wing  
Col. Christopher J. Southard recently became the Commander for the 140th Wing. He succeeds former Commander, Col. D Micha Fesler, in the position. Col. Southard was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon completion of the Reserve Officer Training Program at the University of Michigan. Since, then Col. Southard has held various positions throughout his career to include Chief of F-16 Operational Test, 85 TES, Eglin AFB, Florida, Director of Operations, Fighter Squadron Commander, and Operations Group Commander, 120 FS, Buckley AFB, Colorado, among others. He is a command pilot with more than 3000 hours in the F-16, with multiple combat tours in Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan (2019). Prior to his current position, Col. Southard served as Vice Wing Commander, 140 WG, Buckley AFB, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science, from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2003 he completed Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, from Nellis AFB, Nevada.
Governor Kathleen Hochul has appointed Neysa Alsina to be Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief in the New York Executive Chamber  
Governor Kathleen Hochul has appointed Neysa Alsina to be Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief in the New York Executive Chamber. Ms. Alsina has served as General Counsel and Deputy Comptroller for Legal Affairs in the Office of the New York City Comptroller, as a Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives, as a Counsel for the New York Bar Association, as a Staff Attorney for Municipal Credit Union, and as Senior Vice President and Ethics Officer for Citi. She earned a BS at Rutgers State University of New Jersey and a JD at Fordham University School of Law. Special Advisor on Pandemic Relief is a new position in the New York Governor's Office.
Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar announced he is resigning from California's Supreme Court  
Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar is leaving his position on California's Supreme Court effective October 31, 2021. Before being appointed to the court in 2015, Justice Cuellar served as the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Freeman Spogil Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. In the Obama Administration, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council and as Co-Chair of the National Equity and Excellence Commission. Justice Cuellar earned a BA at Harvard in 1993, a JD at Yale Law School in 1997, and a Ph.D in political science at Stanford University in 2000. A new Associate Justice has not yet been named.
Santa Cruz County, California's Supervisors appoint first county Public Defender  
The Santa Cruz County, California Board of Supervisors in 2020 decided to establish the new public defender’s office to represent defendants in court who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has appointed Heather Rogers as the county’s first-ever public defender. Rogers is a graduate of Stanford Law School and clerked on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals with Judge M. Margaret McKeown. She serves on the board of the Santa Cruz County Defense Bar and the Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association. She also represents District 2 on the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission.