For release: 07/27/04
Release #: 04-197
Four attorneys from the Marshall Center's Office of Chief Counsel have been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Pamela A. Bourque, Gray Marsee, Audrey Robinson and Devinti M. Williams were sworn in by the clerk of the Supreme Court at a ceremony in Huntsville, Ala. As bar members they can file and argue cases before the justices and attend Supreme Court oral arguments closed to the public.
Four attorneys in the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., were recently admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pamela A. Bourque, Gray Marsee, Audrey Robinson and Devinti M. Williams were sworn in at a ceremony in Huntsville by former Army Maj. Gen. William K. Suter, clerk of the Supreme Court. As members of the chief counsel's staff, they provide Marshall Center management with legal advice and representation on personnel law, federal ethics standards, contracts and agreements and other matters.
As members of the Supreme Court Bar, they can file and argue cases before the justices and attend Supreme Court oral arguments closed to the public. To become a member, applicants must be sponsored by a current member of the bar; have at least three years of experience practicing law in a state, commonwealth, or territory; and appear to the court to be of good moral and professional character.
Since joining NASA in 1993, Bourque has served as an attorney in the Marshall chief counsel's office. Born in Broussard, La., she earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1990 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her Juris Doctor in 1993 from Tulane University in New Orleans. In 1995, Bourque was presented a Silver Snoopy Award honoring individuals who have made contributions to the success of human space flight missions. She also was named a Space Flight Awareness honoree in 1999, recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary teamwork while accomplishing a significant task or goal in support of NASA's space flight programs.
Marsee has been an attorney in Marshall's Office of Chief Counsel since 1984. A native of Knoxville, Tenn. he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1980 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and his Juris Doctor in 1983 from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. He was honored with the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2000, recognizing significant, sustained performance characterized by unusual initiative or creativity. Marsee received a Silver Snoopy Award in 2002 and was a Space Flight Awareness honoree in 2003.
Robinson has been an attorney to Marshall's chief counsel since 1996. Her first work experience with NASA was in 1981 as a participant in the Summer High School Apprentice Research Program - an eight-week program where students work hand-in-hand with mentors to conduct research and improve leadership skills. Born in Montgomery, Ala., she earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1986 from Oakwood College in Huntsville; her master's in management in 1989 from Florida Institute of Technology in Huntsville; and her Juris Doctor in 1993 from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. She was honored with the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2000 and is currently part of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program - the personnel system that covers most of the top managerial, supervisory and policy positions in the executive branch of the federal government. Robinson was assigned to the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 1994 before returning to the Marshall Center in 1996.
Williams has been an attorney advisor in the Marshall chief counsel's office since joining NASA in 2003. An Athens, Ala., native, he earned a bachelor's degree in science in 1994 from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville and his Juris Doctor in 1998 from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala. In June 2004, Williams was published in the Huntsville-based Black Business Monthly magazine with his article titled "Establishing a Business in Madison County (Ala.): A step by step approach to accomplishing your dream of business ownership."
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