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Mary Beck Briscoe Stepping Down As Chief Of Federal Appeals Panel

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A Lawrence resident has announced plans to step down as chief judge of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Mary Beck Briscoe announced Monday she'll leave her position as chief judge of the federal appeals court effective Sept. 30. An official with the 10th Circuit said although Briscoe is stepping down as chief judge, she'll remain an active judge on the circuit.

Timothy M. Tymkovich, of Denver, will succeed her as chief judge.

President Bill Clinton appointed Briscoe to the the court in 1995. She became chief judge of the 10th Circuit in 2010.

The 10th Circuit, which sits in Denver, has jurisdiction over federal district courts in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.