About the Commissioners

Commissioner

Judge Charles R. Breyer

Senior United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Breyer previously served as Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 2013 to 2016. He has served as a United States district judge for the Northern District of California since 1998. Previously, he worked at the law firm now known as Coblenz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP from 1974 to 1997, with a brief stint as Chief Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco in 1979. From 1973 to 1974, Judge Breyer worked as an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 1967 to 1973. Judge Breyer began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Oliver J. Carter of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He received his J.D. in 1966 from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and his B.A. cum laude in 1963 from Harvard College.

Judge Danny C. Reeves

United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Judge Reeves has served as a United States district judge since 2001. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Reeves practiced civil litigation in Lexington, Kentucky for eighteen years at the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP (what was then known as Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC). From 1981 to 1983, Judge Reeves served as a law clerk for Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He received his J.D. in 1981 from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law and his B.A. in 1978 from Eastern Kentucky University.

Ex Officio Commissioner

David Rybicki

Designated ex officio member of the United States Sentencing Commission representing the Attorney General. David Rybicki was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in 2017. His previous Justice Department experience includes service as counselor to the Attorney General and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. Mr. Rybicki also served as chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and worked in private practice as counsel at Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLP in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Stanford Law School and holds a B.A. from Yale College and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Patricia K. Cushwa

Ex officio member of the United States Sentencing Commission representing the United States Parole Commission. Patricia K. Cushwa was nominated to the United States Parole Commission and the United States Senate confirmed her nomination in November, 2004. She was sworn in as a member of the Commission on December 12, 2004. In August 2015 she was designated Vice Chairman by Chairman Patricia Smoot. Vice Chairman Cushwa is currently serving as the Acting Chair of the Commission. Prior to her appointment to the U.S. Parole Commission, Patricia Cushwa served for 12 years on the Maryland Parole Commission, seven of those years as Chair. Her prior experience includes an appointment as Maryland State Senator as well as an elected term to the Williamsport Town Council. She served as adjunct faculty at Hagerstown Community College. Appointed Boards include the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland Human Relations Commission as well as two terms on the Board of Trustees of Hagerstown Community College. Commissioner Cushwa co-founded Washington County’s Spouse Abuse Agency, CASA (Citizens’ Assisting and Sheltering the Abused). Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD.) appointed her as Chair of the Washington County Judicial Nominating Commission for Trial Court Judges and she served as Chair for eight years on that Commission. A twenty-three year member of the Association of Paroling Authorities International, Commissioner Cushwa received the President’s Award in 2002 for “significant contributions as a trainer for the National Institute of Corrections.” Her parole initiatives include development of a risk assessment instrument for the Maryland Parole Commission and evidence-based programs for Washington D.C. and federal parole violators. Patricia Cushwa earned a B.A. and an M.A. at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and resides in Williamsport, Washington County, Maryland.