Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg is retiring after 40 years

Longtime Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg is retiring next month, according to the Supreme Court’s website.

The official statement came on Wednesday and indicated that after four decades of working in the federal judiciary, Arberg would be departing on July 3.

Of her 40 years of federal service, 38 of them were for the nation’s high court. She has spent 22 years as the head of the court’s Public Information Office, according to the court’s statement.

The SCOTUS blog stated that “Arberg came to the court in 1982 as an assistant public information officer and served in that role until 1999.”

Arberg excelled in her position and took on the role as public information officer, with responsibility for  serving as the court’s spokesperson as well as managing the PIO, with its functions of “facilitating accurate coverage of the Court” and “furthering the public’s understanding of the Court’s function and history.”

When the court announced the longtime communications officer’s retirement, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that “Kathy has provided nearly four decades of invaluable service to the Court and members of the press. Although we all wish her well in retirement.”

Roberts added, “we will miss her presence immensely.”

The SCOTUS blog went on to say that the job has become increasingly busy since 2016 and  noted that Arberg has “managed public relations for the court during three contentious fights to fill vacancies caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the deaths of Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

The release went on to praise Arberg’s handling of something they called a “shadow docket” which pertains to “emergency orders and summary decisions issued outside the court’s normal briefing and argument schedule” which results in late-night and weekend orders on the most pressing topics.