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Alice Batchelder

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Alice Batchelder
Alice Batchelder Circuit Judge.jpg
Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Title:   Chief Judge
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   12/2/1991-Present
Chief:   2009-Present
Preceded by:   Pierce Lively
Succeeded by:   Solomon Oliver
Past post:   Northern District of Ohio
Past term:   1985-1991
Past position:   Seat #11
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Wilmington, DE
Undergraduate:   Ohio Wesleyan University, 1964
Law School:   Akron University Law, 1971
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law, 1988

Alice Moore Batchelder is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.[1]


Batchelder graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with her bachelor's degree in 1964 and graduated from Akron Law with her J.D. degree in 1971. Batchelder received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988.

Professional career

From 1971 to 1983, Batchelder was a private practice attorney in Medina, Ohio.[1]

Judicial career

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Batchelder was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President George Bush on June 12, 1991, to a seat vacated by Judge Pierce Lively. Batchelder was confirmed on November 27, 1991, with unanimous consent of the Senate, and received her commission on December 2, 1991.[2] She became chief judge of the court in 2009.[1]

Northern District of Ohio

Batchelder was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Ronald Reagan on February 28, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. Batchhelder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985. She left the Northern District of Ohio due to her appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Batchelder was succeeded in this position by Judge Solomon Oliver.

Bankruptcy court

Batchelder began her career with the Northern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court as a federal bankruptcy judge. Batchelder was nominated by the Sixth Circuit Federal Judicial Conference to a fourteen-year term commencing in 1983.[1]

Notable cases

Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner (2008)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Ohio Republican Party; Larry Wolpert v. Jennifer Brunner, Secretary of State of Ohio, US No. 08-4322)

Batchelder came under criticism from fellow judge Boyce Martin in October 2008 because she did not recuse herself in the case, Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner. Martin's opinion was thought by some to be motivated by a grudge because no party in the case sought Batchelder's recusal and no member of the court suggested such before issuance of the public opinion. Judge Batchelder had previously found merit in misconduct complaints against Judge Martin for mishandling two high-profile cases during his tenure as Chief Judge of the Circuit.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Northern District of Ohio
Seat #11
Succeeded by:
Solomon Oliver
Preceded by:
Pierce Lively
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: