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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||8/1/1996 - Present|
|Chief:||2004 - 2009|
|Preceded by:||William Stafford|
|Home State:||Apalachicola, FL|
|Undergraduate:||Florida State U., B.A., 1972|
|Law School:||Harvard School of Law, J.D., 1976|
Early life and education
Hinkle was a law clerk for Federal Appeals Judge Irving Goldberg in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1976 to 1977. In 1977, Hinkle entered private practice in Georgia before moving to Florida where he was in private practice from 1978 to 1996. 
Northern District of Florida
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Hinkle was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida by President Bill Clinton on June 6, 1996, to a seat vacated by William Stafford. Hinkle was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 25, 1996 on a Senate vote and received commission on August 1, 1996. Hinkle has been the Chief Judge of the court since 2004.
EPA water rules (2009)
Judge Hinkle on November 16, 2009 ordered a consent decree on the Environmental Protection Agency to come up with limits for freshwater pollution by October 14, 2010. Environmental advocacy groups in Florida sued the EPA for the standards due to claims that freshwater lakes are being polluted by nitrogen, phosphorus, and oxygen. The judge found the State of Florida failed to enforce major provisions of the Clean Water Act of 1990 as indication of requiring the consent decree.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Florida
|Magistrate judges||Charles Kahn • Gary Jones • Larry Bodiford • Gordon M. Davis • Elizabeth Timothy •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Young • Isaac Hopkins Bronson • McQueen McIntosh • Philip Fraser • Thomas Settle • Charles Swayne • William Bostwick Sheppard • Augustus Long • Winston Arnow • George Carswell • Curtis Waller • George Whitehurst • Lynn Higby • David Middlebrooks • Dozier DeVane •
|Former Chief judges|