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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||6/12/2006 - current|
|Preceded by:||Paul Gadola|
|Home State:||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
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.
Central Michigan University discrimination case (2013)
*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.
That decision was appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court agreed with the district court.
Arenac County polygraphs (2009)
*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.
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.
- Judge Ludington's Homepage
- Kernstock v. Arenac County, MI filed in USDC, EDMI
- Judge Ludington's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Judge Ludington's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- "THOMAS" Thomas Ludington USDC, EDMI confirmation: PN206-109
- "Claims Journal" Federal Judge Rules Michigan College Coach Immune to Player Suit, September 8, 2009
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Heike v. Guevara, et al.
- ESPN.com, "Brooke Heike loses federal appeal," March 19, 2013
- MLive.com, "Federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by former Arenac County officials," July 9, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Michigan
Bernard Friedman • Marianne Battani • Anna Taylor • Robert Cleland • Avern Cohn • Julian Cook • Patrick Duggan • Nancy Edmunds • John O'Meara • George Steeh • Arthur Tarnow • Lawrence Zatkoff • Stewart Newblatt • Charles Joiner • James Harvey • James Churchill •
|Magistrate judges||Mark Randon • Steven Whalen • Charles Binder • Michael Hluchaniuk • Paul Komives • Mona Majzoub • David Grand • Laurie Michelson •|
|Former Article III judges||
Damon Keith • John Feikens • Paul Gadola • Cornelia Kennedy • Ralph Guy • Richard Suhrheinrich • Horace Gilmore • Ross Wilkins • Barbara Hackett • George La Plata • Henry Billings Brown • John Wesley Longyear • Henry Harrison Swan • Alexis Caswell Angell • Arthur Tuttle • Charles Casper Simons • Edward Julien Moinet • Ernest Aloysius O'Brien • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. • Patricia Boyle • Robert DeMascio • Ralph Freeman • Lawrence Gubow • Frederick Kaess • Arthur Koscinski • Theodore Levin • Thaddeus Machrowicz • Clifford O'Sullivan • Philip Pratt • Stephen Roth • Talbot Smith • Thomas Thornton • George Woods •
|Former Chief judges||
Damon Keith • Bernard Friedman • Anna Taylor • Julian Cook • John Feikens • Lawrence Zatkoff • Cornelia Kennedy • Arthur Lederle • Frank Picard • James Churchill • Ralph Freeman • Frederick Kaess • Theodore Levin • Philip Pratt •