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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||11/15/1999 - Present|
|Chief:||8/3/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Thomas Higgins|
|Past post:||Magistrate Judge|
|Past term:||1984 - 1999|
|Home State:||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Undergraduate:||College of St. Thomas, B.A., 1970|
|Law School:||Vanderbilt U. School of Law, J.D., 1973|
William Haynes is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. He joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.
Early life and education
A native of Memphis, Haynes graduated from the College of St. Thomas with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and from the Vanderbilt Univesity Law School in 1973.
Haynes started out his legal career in the Tennessee State Attorney General's Office from 1973 to 1984 as an Assistant state attorney general from 1973 to 1977. Haynes was also a Senior state assistant general from 1977 to 1978 and a Deputy state attorney general from 1978 to 1984. Before being appointed to the Federal Bench in 1984, Haynes was a Private practice Attorney in Nashville. Also, Haynes has been an part-time professor for the Southeastern Paralegal Institute from 1986 to 1990 and for the Vanderbilt University School of Law from 1987 to 1994 and 1997 to 1998. 
Middle District of Tennessee
Haynes served 15 years as a federal magistrate judge from 1984 to 1999. On the recommendation of Congressman Bart Gordon, Haynes was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 27, 1999 to a seat vacated by Thomas Higgins as Higgins went on senior status. Haynes was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 10, 1999 on a senate vote and received commission on November 15, 1999.
Nashville school re-zoning (2009)
*Spurlock et al v. Fox et al 3:2009cv00756
Judge Haynes on September 1, 2009, ruled against the Nashville Metro School District's new re-zoning plan after a student and her parent sued the district. Francis Spurlock and the NAACP sued the district over sending their daughter to John Early Middle School located in the suburbs that had lower test scores in what the civil rights organization called "a calculated attempt to re-segregate the schools." As part of the ruling, Spurlock's daughter remained at Bellevue Middle School.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Tennessee
|Magistrate judges||Juliet Griffin • Clifton Knowles • Joe Brown • John Bryant •|
|Former Article III judges||
Robert Echols • Morgan Welles Brown • West Hughes Humphreys • Connally Findlay Trigg • William Miller • David McKendree Key • Charles Dickens Clark • Edward Terry Sanford • John Gore • Xenophon Hicks • Leslie Darr • Elmer Davies • Leland Clure Morton • Thomas Higgins • Frank Gray •
|Former Chief judges|