Full Name
James C. Duff Esq.
Job Title
Executive Director
Supreme Court Historical Society
Speaker Bio
James C. Duff is executive director of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He was Director of the
Administrative Office of the United States Courts from 2006 to 2011 and again from 2015 to 2021 where he also
served as Secretary of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In between those two periods of service, he
was president and chief executive officer of the Newseum and Freedom Forum (2011-2014). Duff is former
chairman of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission and has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown
University for 16 years, teaching constitutional law and civil liberties. He was previously managing partner of the
Washington law firm of Baker Donelson PC.

From 1996 to 2000, Duff served as counselor to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and was his liaison
with Congress, the executive branch, and various state and federal organizations involved in the administration
of justice.

Duff is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a graduate of the UK Honors Program, and was a walk-on on the
UK basketball team in 1971-1972. He attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1973 and earned a law
degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.
James C. Duff