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Blanche Manning

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Blanche Manning
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/10/1994 - 2/1/2010
Senior:   2/1/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Milton Shadur
Succeeded by:   John Tharp, Jr.
Personal History
Born:   1934
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:   Chicago Teachers College, B.Ed., 1961
Law School:   John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1967 ; U. of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1992
Grad. School:   Roosevelt U., M.A., 1972

Blanche M. Manning is an Article III federal judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Manning joined the court in August 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She assumed senior status on February 1, 2010.

Early life and education

Manning graduated from the Chicago Teachers College in 1961, and received her Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1967. In 1972, she received her Master's degree from Roosevelt University, and in 1992 she received an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.[1]

Professional career

From 1968 to 1973, Manning served as an Assistant attorney in the Cook County State Attorney's Office. From 1973-1977, Manning worked as a Supervisory trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission in Chicago.

In 1977, Manning began work as a corporate litigation attorney for Chicago-based United Airlines. A year later, Manning transitioned to the role of Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, a role she held from 1978 to 1979. During that same time, Manning was an Adjunct Professor at the NCBL Community College of Law. In 1979, she started her judicial career as an Associate Circuit Court Judge in Cook County, where she served until 1986.

Manning was a lead Circuit Judge in Cook County from 1986-1987. Subsequently, she was a Justice in the First Judicial District of the Illinois Appellate Court from 1987 to 1994. From 1992-1994, Manning also worked as an Adjunct Professor at the DePaul University College of Law.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Upon the recommendation of former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL), Manning was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton on May 5, 1994, to a seat vacated by Milton Shadur. Manning was confirmed by the Senate on August 9, 1994, and received her commission on August 10, 1994. She assumed senior status on February 1, 2010. He was succeeded to this post by John Tharp, Jr..[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Milton Shadur
Northern District of Illinois
Succeeded by:
John Tharp, Jr.

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