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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||11/25/1991 - 2/28/2010|
|Chief:||1998 - 2004|
|Senior:||2/28/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||104 Stat. 5089|
|Succeeded by:||Sara Lynn Darrow|
|Home State:||Bellville, TX|
|Undergraduate:||Bradley U., B.S., 1959|
|Law School:||U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1963|
|Grad. School:||Bradley U., M.S., 1960|
Joe Billy McDade is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. McDade assumed senior status on March 1, 2010.
Early life and education
Born in Bellville, Texas, McDade received his bachelor's of Science degree from Bradley University in 1959 and also his Master's of Science degree in 1960. McDade graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1963.
McDade was a Staff Attorney for the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Chicago, Illinois from 1963 to 1965. McDade served as an Executive Trainee for the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Peoria, Illinois briefly in 1965, before becoming Executive Director of the Greater Peoria Legal Aid Society from 1965 to 1968. McDade was a private practice attorney in Peoria, Illinois until 1982. McDade served as an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the Illinois Tenth Judicial Circuit Court until 1988, when he was elected to Circuit Court Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois where he served until 1991.
Central District of Illinois
On the recommendation of Congressman Henry Hyde, McDade was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois by President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1991 to a new judgeship created by 104 Stat. 5089, which was approved by Congress. McDade was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 1991, on a Senate vote and received commission on November 25, 1991. McDade served as the Court's Chief Judge from 1998-2004. He assumed senior status on March 1, 2010.
Judge allows cameras in his courtroom (2009)
*In Re Complaint Against District Judge Joe Billy McDade 07-09-90083
Judge McDade was involved in a controversy and faced the possibility of being charged with violations of federal rules and a 7th Circuit resolution for an incident in which he allowed cameras into his courtroom. The judge allowed cameras to document a hearing involving a proposal for extension of a settlement which forces the Champaign, Illinois school district to reduce the achievement gap between white and black students. On September 15, 2009, Judge McDade allowed media members to bring television, audio equipment, and a still camera into the hearing because, he said, it should reach as wide an audience as possible. A complaint against him was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. McDade apologized and admitted his actions were in violation of the district court's rule; he later wrote a formal letter of apology to the Seventh Circuit. Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook accepted McDade's apology and dismissed the complaint, deciding that no further action was necessary.
Judge McDade's letter of apology may be found here.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Central District of Illinois
Sara Lynn Darrow
|Magistrate judges||David Bernthal • John Gorman • Byron Cudmore •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|