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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||10/22/1998 - Present|
|Preceded by:||John Nixon|
|Home State:||Denver, CO|
|Undergraduate:||Cornell College, B.A., 1968|
|Law School:||Vanderbilt U., M.A.T., 1972|
|Grad. School:||Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1976|
Aleta Arthur Trauger is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Early life and education
Born in Denver, Colorado, Trauger graduated from Cornell College with her bachelor's degree in 1968, before obtaining her master's degree, in 1972, and her juris doctor, in 1976, from Vanderbilt University.
- 1992: Chief of Staff, Mayor of Nashville
- 1985-1991: Attorney, private practice
- 1983-1984: Legal Counsel, College of Charleston
- 1981-1982: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee
- 1979-1980: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
- 1977-1979: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee
- 1974-1977: Attorney, private practice
Middle District of Tennessee
In 1993, Trauger was appointed to serve as a Bankruptcy Judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Middle District of Tennessee.
Trauger was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by President Bill Clinton on September 22, 1998 to a seat vacated by John Nixon. Trauger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1998 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 22, 1998.
Hold on arresting Occupy movement protesters in Nashville (2011)
*Occupy Nashville et al v. Haslam et al 3:2011cv01037
On October 31, 2011, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger issued a hold on new rules imposed by the state that were being used to arrest protesters in the "Occupy Nashville" protest. The judge's order was the response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee to block a curfew put into effect by Governor Bill Haslam the week prior. After the curfew was enacted, police used it to arrest individuals of the Occupy movement who were protesting at the Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville. The state reportedly did not fight the order and Hedy Weinberg, executive director at the ACLU of Tennessee, responded to the order by saying, "The state conceded that the temporary restraining order should be issued and we hope that this is the first step (that) the state is recommitting itself to safeguarding -- not thwarting -- public political expression."
The temporary hold on the law remained in place for 21 days, until a hearing could be held. Prior to that hearing, Governor Haslam asked that all charges against the protestors be dropped and expunged from their records.
Awards and associations
- Trial Judge of the Year, 2012
- News: Federal judge puts a hold on arresting Occupy movement protesters in Nashville, November 1, 2011
- Judge Aleta Trauger Federal Judicial Center Biography
- "THOMAS" Aleta A. Trauger USDC, MDTN confirmation:PN1404-105
- The City Paper, "All charges against Occupy Nashville protestors dropped," November 14, 2011
- CNN "Judge tells Tennessee to stop arresting Occupy protesters," November 1, 2011
- Tennessee Bar Association, Sept. 27, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Tennessee
|Magistrate judges||Juliet Griffin • Clifton Knowles • Joe Brown • John Bryant •|
|Former Article III judges||
Robert Echols • Morgan Welles Brown • West Hughes Humphreys • Connally Findlay Trigg • William Miller • David McKendree Key • Charles Dickens Clark • Edward Terry Sanford • John Gore • Xenophon Hicks • Leslie Darr • Elmer Davies • Leland Clure Morton • Thomas Higgins • Frank Gray •
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