Court names military attorney as second-ever female marshal

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By Amy Howe

at 12:35 p.m.

Col. Gail Curley, a U.S. Army attorney who has advised military leaders on national security law, will be the new Supreme Court marshal, the court said Monday. Curley succeeds Pamela Talkin, the first woman to serve as Marshal who retired last year after 19 years of retirement.

Curley, who will take up her new position June 21, is on trial at West Point 30 years after graduating with a political science degree. She received her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and two masters degrees from military graduate schools. During her military service, Curley served (among others) in Germany and Afghanistan; Most recently, she was Head of National Security Law in the Advocate General’s Office. In this position, she oversaw the judges’ attorneys and “advised and directed the army on national security law,” the court said.

As Marshal of the Supreme Court, Curley will play her most visible role when the judges sit on the bench to hear arguments or give opinions as she makes the traditional “Oyez, oyez, oyez!” Announcement to officially open every meeting. But Curley will have far-reaching responsibilities well beyond the courtroom, including serving as the Supreme Court’s chief security officer, facility administrator and contract manager, who administers approximately 260 people, including the Supreme Court Police.

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