Professor Linkins serves as the Deputy Director of the Education Division for the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), the research and education agency for the federal courts. In that capacity, she focuses on curriculum, faculty, and staff development, as well as program assessment for the Center’s educational programs. She led the Center’s development of a comprehensive, competency-based curriculum for federal judges and court staff at all levels.

Professor Linkins joined the Federal Judicial Center in 2015 after having served as the Assistant State Court Administrator for Education with the Maryland Judiciary, where she oversaw training and education for judges, court staff, and administrative personnel statewide. Prior to that, she worked in the conflict resolution field with the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). In this capacity, she helped the state’s courts expand and improve their use of alternative dispute resolution processes and managed development of the innovative, web-based Alternative Dispute Resolution Evaluation Support System (ADRESS).

Professor Linkins transitioned to Maryland from a successful career in the communication and education fields with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There, she served for several years as an associate editor of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, then the world’s most widely read professional law enforcement journal. She later spent a decade as a faculty member for the FBI National Academy, helping law enforcement executives from across the United States and throughout the world lead their agencies more effectively through better written, oral, interpersonal, and organizational communication skills.