Blane Michael

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Blane Michael
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/1/1993 - 3/25/11
Preceded by:   James Sprouse
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Charleston, SC
Deceased:   2011
Undergraduate:   West Virginia U. '65
Law School:   New York U. Law '68

M. Blane Michael (1943 - 2011) is a former federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He joined the court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton and served it until his death on March 25, 2011.[1][2]

Early life and education

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Michael graduated from West Virginia with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and later from NYU School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1968.[3]

Career

Michael was a private practice attorney in New York City from 1968 to 1971 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1971 to 1972. Michael served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia in 1972. Michael was a private practice attorney in West Virginia from 1973 to 1975 before serving as a law clerk to federal judge Robert Maxwell in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1975 to 1976. In 1976, Michael was Counsel to West Virginia State Governor John D. Rockefeller IV from 1977 to 1980 before resuming private practice work in West Virginia from 1981 to 1993.[3]

Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Michael was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on August 6, 1993 to a seat vacated by James Sprouse. Michael was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 30, 1993 on a majority vote and received commission on October 1, 1993.[4] He served the court until his death in 2011.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Sprouse
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
1993–2011
Succeeded by:
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