Curtis Collier

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Curtis Collier
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   5/10/1995-10/31/2014
Chief:   2005-10/7/2012
Senior:   10/31/2014-Present
Preceded by:   104 Stat. 5089
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Marianna, AR
Undergraduate:   Tennessee State University, 1971
Law School:   Duke University School of Law, 1974
Military service:   U.S. Air Force, 1974-1979

Curtis Lynn Collier is an Article III federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Collier was the Chief Judge of the Court until October 8, 2012.[1] Collier assumed senior status on October 31, 2014.[2]

Education

Born in Marianna, Arkansas, Collier graduated from Tennessee State University with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and from Duke University School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.[3]

Military service

Collier began his legal career in the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1979.

Professional career

Collier was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1979 to 1987 and then for the Eastern District of Tennessee from 1987 to 1995.[3]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Tennessee

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Jim Sasser, Collier was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee by President Bill Clinton on February 13, 1995, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089, which was approved by Congress. Collier was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 1995, on a voice vote and received commission on May 10, 1995.[4]

Notable cases

Lawyer contempt case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
On March 30, 2010, Judge Collier harshly reprimanded a practicing attorney from Tennessee over a contempt of court violation. James A.H. Bell was ordered by the judge to lecture on legal ethics to Tennessee's five law schools and its bar associations despite the fact that judge considered revoking his federal bar license. Bell was found guilty by magistrate judge Clifford Shirley after claiming he met a drug dealer in the judge's chambers, which was a false statement.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Eastern District of Tennessee
1995–2014
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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