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 U. '64
Law School:   Akron U. Law '71
Grad. School:   U. of Virginia Law '88

Alice Moore Batchelder (b. 1944) 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.

Early life and education

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Batchelder graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with her bachelor's degree in 1964 and later graduated from Akron Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1971 and the Virginia Law with her Master of Laws degree in 1988.[1]

Professional career

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

Judicial career

Bankruptcy Judge

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 14 year term as a Federal Bankruptcy judge in 1983.[1]

Northern District of Ohio

Batchelder was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by Ronald Reagan on February 28, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333, which was approved by Congress. Batchhelder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 4, 1985. Batchelder left the Northern District of Ohio on January 4, 1992 due to her appointment to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Batchelder was succeeded in this position by Solomon Oliver.

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 Pierce Lively. Batchelder was confirmed by the Senate 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]

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: