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For release: 07/27/04
Release #: 04-198  

NASA Marshall Center attorney Pamela A. Bourque admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar

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Pamela A. Bourque, an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. She was recently sworn in at a ceremony in Huntsville by former Army Maj. Gen. William K. Suter, clerk of the Supreme Court.

Bourque, a Broussard, La., native, practices in the areas of personnel litigation, ethics and fiscal law for the Marshall Center - one of NASA's largest field installations with more than 6,500 civil service and contract employees.

As a member of the chief counsel's staff, she provides Marshall Center management with legal advice and representation on personnel law, federal ethics standards, contracts and agreements and other matters. As a member of the Supreme Court Bar, she 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.

"It is an honor to be a part of the Supreme Court Bar," said Bourque. "Representing NASA before any forum is a privilege."

Since joining the Marshall Center in 1993, Bourque has received several awards, including a Silver Snoopy in 1995, honoring individuals who have made contributions to the success of human space flight missions. She 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.

Bourque earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1990 and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1993. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1993. In 2002, she was selected by NASA to participate in the Strategic Leadership for Women Program at Simmons College Graduate School of Management in Boston.

Bourque and her husband, Max Patin, have one son and live in Huntsville.

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