Thomas Ludington

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Thomas Ludington
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   6/12/2006 - current
Preceded by:   Paul Gadola
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Midland, MI
Undergraduate:   Albion College, B.A., 1976
Law School:   U. of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1979

Thomas Lamson Ludington is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early Life and Career

Born in Midland, Michigan, Ludington is a 1976 undergraduate of Albion College. Ludington graduated from the University of San Diego Law School with his J.D. degree in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Ludington was a private practice attorney from 1980 to 1995. In 1995, Ludington was elected to the 42nd Judicial District Court and served as the Chief Judge until 2006.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Ludington was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by George W. Bush on February 14, 2005, to a seat vacated by Paul Gadola as Gadola assumed senior status. Ludington was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 2006 on a majority voice vote and received commission on June 12, 2006.[2]

Notable cases

Central Michigan University discrimination case (2013)

  Eastern District of Michigan
     *Heike and Brown v. Central Michigan University Board of Trustees 10-11373-BC
Judge Ludington dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former women's basketball player at Central Michigan who sued her former head coach after her scholarship was canceled. The plaintiff claimed that she was being discriminated against for not being a lesbian, while the coach asserted that the Brooke Heike, the basketball player, had trouble grasping basic concepts of the game. Ludington found that Coach Sue Guevara and other Athletic Department officials were immune from litigation when acting in their official capacity with the University.[3]

That decision was appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court agreed with the district court.[4][5]

Arenac County polygraphs (2009)

  Eastern District of Michigan
     *Kernstock, Lynch and Seder v. County of Arenac, et al. 08-14500-BC
On July 8, 2009 Judge Ludington dismissed a civil lawsuit against Arenac County, saying that the defendants "in their (official) capacities" were immune to civil claims in a polygraph case.[6]

Former Arenac County public officials Kenneth Kernstock, Amy S. Lynch and Gail A. Seder filed complaints on October 22, 2008 on violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. The commissioners believed that releasing polygraphs in which they participated was an unlawful invasion of privacy and damage to reputation. They also claimed that there were violations of the Michigan Forensic Polygraph Examiners Act which strictly prohibits release of polygraph results.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Paul Gadola
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #9
Succeeded by:

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