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Attorney Jane Hinckley Halprin Named as FCC’s Administrative Law Judge


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). She succeeds Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1.

“Jane has done tremendous work at the FCC, and I congratulate her on this new role,” Pai said. “The good judgment she displayed working on ethics issues at the agency for over a decade will serve her well as our Administrative Law Judge.” Pai also thanked Sippel for his 32 years of service as an ALJ, during which he dealt with several Amateur Radio cases.

Halprin joined the FCC in 1987 as a staff attorney in the former Common Carrier Bureau and has occupied positions in the former Mass Media Bureau, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of General Counsel. For the past 14 years, she has served in the Office of General Counsel as an Ethics Counsel and for the past year has led the agency’s ethics team as Assistant General Counsel for Ethics.

The FCC Office of Administrative Law Judges is responsible for conducting Commission-ordered hearings. An ALJ acts on interlocutory requests filed in the proceedings, such as contested discovery requests. ALJs are appointed by a vote of all Commissioners.



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