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Carl Stewart

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Carl Stewart
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Chief Judge
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   05/09/1994 - Present
Chief:   10/1/2012 - Present
Past post:   Judge, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
Past term:   1991 - 1994
Past post 2:   Judge, First Judicial District of Louisiana
Past term 2:   1985 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Louisiana
Undergraduate:   Dillard University, 1971
Law School:   Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, 1974

Carl E. Stewart is a federal appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He became chief judge on October 1, 2012.[1][2]


Stewart graduated from Dillard University with his B.A. in 1971, and graduated from Loyola-New Orleans Law with his J.D. in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Stewart was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089, which was approved by Congress. Stewart was confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 1994, on a majority voice vote, and received commission on May 9, 1994.[3]

Awards and associations

  • 2010: Vice president, American Inns of Court Board of Trustees[4]

Notable cases

Fifth Circuit strikes political bingo money ban (2014)

In July 2014, the Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, affirmed a trial court opinion by overturning a Texas ban on charities' spending of bingo proceeds on political speech as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Chief Judge Stewart wrote the opinion, noting that Texas "fail[ed] to identify a compelling state interest."


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: