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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||10/1/1993 - 3/25/11|
|Preceded by:||James Sprouse|
|Home State:||Charleston, SC|
|Undergraduate:||West Virgina U. '65|
|Law School:||New York U. Law '68|
M. Blane Michael (1943 - 2011) is a former federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He joined the court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton and served it until his death on March 25, 2011. 
Early life and education
Michael was a private practice attorney in New York City from 1968 to 1971 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1971 to 1972. Michael served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia in 1972. Michael was a private practice attorney in West Virginia from 1973 to 1975 before serving as a law clerk to federal judge Robert Maxwell in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1975 to 1976. In 1976, Michael was Counsel to West Virginia State Governor John D. Rockefeller IV from 1977 to 1980 before resuming private practice work in West Virginia from 1981 to 1993.
Federal judicial career
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Michael was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on August 6, 1993 to a seat vacated by James Sprouse. Michael was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 30, 1993 on a majority vote and received commission on October 1, 1993.  He served the court until his death in 2011.
- ↑ Washington Post, "4th Circuit Judge M. Blane Michael, former special counsel to then-Gov. Rockefeller, dies", March 26, 2011
- ↑ Associated Press "4th Circuit Judge M. Blaine Michael of W.Va. dies", March 26, 2011
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Judge M. Blane Michael Biography at the Federal Judicial Center
- ↑ "THOMAS" M. Blane Michael USCA, 4th Cir. confirmation:PN531-103
|Federal judicial offices|
|Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Judge: William Traxler • Barbara Keenan • Steven Agee • Harvie Wilkinson • Paul Niemeyer • Diana Motz • Robert King • Roger Gregory • Dennis Shedd • Allyson Duncan • Andre Davis • Henry Floyd • James Wynn • Albert Diaz • Stephanie Thacker
|Former judges||Hugh Lennox Bond • Karen J. Williams • Blane Michael • Michael Luttig • Emory Sneeden • Samuel Ervin • James Sprouse • Charles Henry Simonton • Nathan Goff • Edmund Waddill • Jeter Connelly Pritchard • Martin Augustine Knapp • John Carter Rose • Charles Albert Woods • Morris Ames Soper • Elliott Northcott • John Johnston Parker • Armistead Dobie • Harrison Winter • James Craven • Donald Russell • Albert Bryan, Sr. • John Butzner • Hiram Widener • Herbert Boreman • John Field • Kenneth Hall • J. Spencer Bell • Clement Haynsworth • Francis Murnaghan • Simon Sobeloff • William Walter Wilkins •|
|Former Chief judges|