United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

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Western District of Tennessee
Sixth Circuit
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Judges: 5
Posts: 5
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Daniel Breen
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The Western Division's main office is in Memphis, Tennessee. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Cincinnati at the Potter A. Stewart Federal Courthouse and Building.

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Edward L. Stanton, III.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies out of their five posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Samuel Mays1948Memphis, TNW. Bush 5/10/2002 - PresentJerome TurnerAmherst College, B.A., 1970Yale U. School of Law, J.D., 1973
Chief Judge Daniel Breen1950Jackson, TNW. Bush 3/14/2003 - Present8/24/2013 - PresentJulia GibbonsSpring Hill College, B.A., 1972University of Tennessee, J.D., 1975
Judge Stanley Anderson1953Lexington, TNW. Bush 5/21/2008 - PresentJames D. ToddUniversity of Tennessee, B.S., 1976University of Memphis School of Law, J.D., 1980
Judge John T. FowlkesObama 7/10/2012-PresentBernice DonaldValparaiso University, B.A., 1975University of Denver, J.D., 1977
Judge Sheryl H. Lipman1963Memphis, TennesseeObama 5/1/2014-PresentJon McCallaUniversity of Michigan 1984New York U. Law, 1987


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Jon McCallaH.W. Bush 2/10/1992 - 8/23/20132008 - 20138/23/2013 - PresentUniversity of Tennessee, B.S., 1969Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1974
Senior Judge James D. ToddReagan 7/11/1985 - 5/20/20082001 - 20075/20/2008 - PresentLambuth College, B.S., 1965University of Mississippi, Master of Combined Sciences, 1968


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo06/15/1995 - PresentUniversity of Virginia, B.A., 1977University of Memphis Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Tu Pham04/21/2003 - PresentTulane U., B.A., 1993University of Illinois Law, J.D., 1996
Magistrate Judge Edward Bryant12/15/2008 - PresentUniversity of MississippiUniversity of Mississippi
Magistrate Judge Charmiane Claxton


Jurisdiction

The Counties of the Western District of Tennessee (click for larger map)

The Western District of Tennessee has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

There are two court divisions, each covering the following counties:

The Eastern Division, covering Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry and Weakley Counties.

The Western Division, covering Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton Counties.

Court locations for the Western District are located in Memphis, Jackson and Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Caseloads

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Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2013 2813236051732556 26179.911.092 (5.5%)1.229
2012 2820228651062325 278115.410.686 (4.8%)9.327
2011 2711224349542149 280514.911.571 (4.1%)0.839
2010 2749217449232219 270412.410.364 (4.4%)042
2009 2603227948822161 272113.411.355 (3.9%)039
2008 2446207645221947 257513.611.862 (4.4%)042
20072293204043332145218812.611.966 (5.2%)049
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Dockets and Filings-Western District of Tennessee.

History

The State of Tennessee was organized as a single judicial district with one judgeship on January 31, 1797. This judicial district was not yet assigned to a judicial circuit, and therefore was granted that same jurisdiction as the United States circuit courts, excluding in appeals and writs of error which are the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

The Judiciary Act of 1801 removed the district court in Tennessee and then authorized the United States Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit to hold court in the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The full jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts was applied to these districts.

The Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed on March 8, 1802, and thus restored the judicial organization that had remained in effect before 1801. This reestablished the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee, with circuit court trial jurisdiction.

On April 29, 1802, Statute 2 Stat. 165 divided the State of Tennessee into the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. One judgeship was assigned to each of the districts.

The act on February 24, 1807 repealed the circuit court jurisdiction of the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Tennessee. The districts were assigned to the Seventh Circuit and a United States Circuit Court of the District of Tennessee was established.

Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Eighth Circuit on March 3, 1837. The Middle District of Tennessee was established on June 18, 1839 and the existing judgeship was made to serve all three judicial districts.

On July 15, 1862, Congress assigned the judicial districts of Tennessee to the Sixth Circuit. Over time four additional judicial posts were added to the Western District of Tennessee for a total of five current posts.[2]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of Tennessee:[2]

Year Statute Total Seats
April 29, 1802 2 Stat. 165 1
June 14, 1878 20 Stat. 132 1
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 2
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 3
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 4
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 5

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.[3][4]

Former judges

For more information on the judges of the Western District of Tennessee, see former federal judges for the Western District of Tennessee.

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the Western District of Tennessee.

See also

External links

References


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