Betsy Paret was appointed Circuit Executive for the D.C. Circuit in January 2007. Prior to her selection, she was the Deputy Circuit Executive and Director of Automation for the Court of Appeals.

From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Paret served as Clerk of Court for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She served the district court bench of 25 judicial officers and managed a staff of 105 people located in four cities. During her tenure, she managed the logistical and administrative issues related to managing high-profile cases, such as Zacarias Moussaoui and John Walker Lindh. She also worked closely with the Court and GSA on the construction of a new courthouse in Richmond and the design of a courthouse annex in Norfolk; developed and launched the Court’s first Internet and Intranet sites; implemented an automated case assignment system; and implemented an automated system that enables prospective jurors to complete juror qualification questionnaires online through the Court’s website.

Ms. Paret began her career in the federal judiciary in 1991 with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She rose through various positions with the Court to the position of Chief Deputy Clerk where she was responsible for the direct oversight and management of all facets of administrative services for the Court. From 1987 to 1991, Ms. Paret worked with the Council for Court Excellence, a nonprofit court reform organization based in Washington, D.C. She served the Council in numerous positions culminating in her appointment as Assistant Director.

Ms. Paret earned her Bachelor of Arts from American University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of the Federal Court Leadership Program.