United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals
US-CourtOfAppeals-6thCircuit-Seal.png
Judges: 15
Posts: 16
Vacancies: 1
Active judges
Chief: Alice Batchelder
Senior Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, sometimes referred to as the Sixth Circuit, is one of thirteen federal appellate courts. The court was established by the Evarts Act of 1891. The Sixth Circuit is located in the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Vacancy warning level

Currently the vacancy warning level for the Sixth Circuit is set at blue. There is currently one vacancy on the court of sixteen.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Helene White1954W. Bush 8/8/2008 - PresentSusan NeilsonBarnard CollegeUniversity of Pennsylvania Law '78
Judge Raymond Kethledge1966Summit, NJW. Bush 7/7/2008 - PresentJames RyanUniversity of Michigan '89University of Michigan Law '93
Judge Bernice DonaldMississippi 10/20/2011 - PresentRonald GilmanMemphis State U., B.A., 1974Memphis State U., J.D., 1979
Chief Judge Alice Batchelder1944Wilmington, DEH.W. Bush 12/2/1991 - Present2009 - PresentPierce LivelyOhio Wesleyan U. '64Akron U. Law '71
Judge Eric ClayNCClinton 8/1/1997 - PresentRalph Guy, JrUniversity of North Carolina '69Yale Law '72
Judge David McKeague1946Pittsburgh, PAW. Bush 6/10/2005 - PresentRichard SuhrheinrichUniversity of Michigan '68University of Michigan Law '71
Judge Deborah Cook1952Pittsburgh, PAW. Bush 5/7/2003 - PresentAlan NorrisUniversity of Arkon '74University of Akron Law '78
Judge Julia Gibbons1950Pulaski, TNW. Bush 7/31/2002 - PresentGilbert MerrittVanderbilt U., B.A., 1972University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1975
Judge John M. Rogers1948Rochester, NYW. Bush 11/26/2002 - PresentEugene SilerStanford U. '70University of Michigan Law '74
Judge Jeffrey Sutton1960Dhahran, Suadi ArabiaW. Bush 5/5/2003 - PresentDavid NelsonWilliams College '83Ohio State U. Law '90
Judge Danny Boggs1944CubaReagan 3/25/1986 - Present2003 - 2009Harvard '65University of Chicago Law '68
Judge Richard Griffin1952Traverse City, MIW. Bush 6/10/2005 - PresentDamon KeithWestern Michigan U. '73University of Michigan Law '77
Judge Karen Moore1948Washington D.C.Clinton 3/24/1995 - PresentRobert KrupanskyRadcliffe College '70Harvard Law '73
Judge Guy Cole1951Birmingham, ALClinton 12/26/1995 - PresentNathaniel JonesTufts U. '72Yale Law '75
Judge Jane Stranch9/17/1953Nashville, TNObama 9/13/2010 - PresentMartha DaughtreyVanderbuilt U. '75Vanderbuilt U. Law '78

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Damon KeithCarter 10/21/1977 - 5/1/19955/1/1995 - PresentWest Virginia State College, B.A., 1943Howard U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949
Senior Judge Gilbert MerrittCarter 10/31/1977 - 1/17/20011989-19961/17/2001 - PresentYale '57Vanderbilt U. Law '60
Senior Judge Ralph GuyReagan 10/17/1985 - 9/1/19949/1/1994 - PresentUniversity of Michigan '51University of Michigan Law '53
Senior Judge James RyanReagan 10/17/1985 - 1/1/20001/1/2000 - PresentUniversity of Detroit '92University of Detroit Law '56 (B.L.)
Senior Judge Alan NorrisReagan 7/1/1986 - 7/1/20017/1/2001 - PresentOtterbein College '57New York U. Law '60
Senior Judge Richard SuhrheinrichH.W. Bush 7/10/1990 - 8/15/20018/15/2001 - PresentWayne State U. '60Detroit College of Law '63
Senior Judge Martha DaughtreyClinton 11/22/1993 - 1/1/20091/1/2009 - PresentVanderbilt U. '64Vanderbilt U. Law '68
Senior Judge Ronald GilmanClinton 11/7/1997 - 11/21/201011/21/2010 - PresentMassachusetts Institute of Technology '64Harvard Law '67
Senior Judge Harry WellfordReagan 8/20/1982 - 1/15/19911/15/1991 - PresentWashington and Lee U. '47Vanderbilt U. Law '50
Senior Judge Eugene SilerH.W. Bush 9/16/1991 - 12/31/200112/31/2001 - PresentVanderbilt U., B.A., 1958University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1963


Jurisdiction

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Map of the Sixth Circuit. Click on a district to find out more about it.

The Sixth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over cases heard in one of its subsidiary districts. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law. Appeals of rulings by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals are petitioned to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Elena Kagan is the Circuit Justice for the Sixth Circuit.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over the United States district courts in the following federal judicial districts:


Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining casesTerminations on merits:Terminations on ProcedureCross Appeals:Total Terminations: Written decisions per Judge**
201341285137926554623803358816562185462154
201246774855953254174115329718762445417146
201151094725983451634671277522031855163120
201044974954945144405011235019271634440103
200944454859930448124492236822232214812123
200843714853922447814443256919962164781151
200745124818933049624368271520092384962145
200645195151967051724498288620462405172163
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website (for District Courts) and reflect the calendar year through September.    **This statistic reflects only judges that are active for the entire 12 month period.

Notable cases

For a search-able list of decisions from the Sixth Circuit, please see:
Sixth Circuit Searchable Opinions

History

Court history

The Sixth Circuit was established by the United States Congress in 1891 with the Evarts Act of 1891, which established the first nine appeals circuits. Over the years, fourteen additional seats were added to the court resulting in a total of sixteen seats.[1]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Sixth Circuit[1]:

Year Statute Total Seats
March 3, 1891 26 Stat. 826 2
January 25, 1899 30 Stat. 803 3
May 8, 1928 45 Stat. 492 4
May 31, 1938 52 Stat. 584 5
May 24, 1940 54 Stat. 219 6
March 18, 1966 80 Stat. 75 8
June 18, 1968 82 Stat. 184 9
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 11
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 15
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 16

Former judges

Former chief judges

In order to qualify for the office of chief judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy in the office of chief judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a chief judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[2][3]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the Sixth Circuit, see former federal judges of the Sixth Circuit.

Federal courthouse

The Court shares the Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Marshall Service. The building is located in the business district of Cincinnati and has more than 440,000 square feet of usable space. Originally completed in 1938, the courts main features include a marble detailed two story lobby and courtrooms with original wood paneling.[4]

See also

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