David G. Campbell

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David G. Campbell
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #13
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   7/15/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   116 Stat. 1758
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate:   U. of Utah, B.S., 1976
Law School:   U. of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1979

David G. Campbell is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Campbell was nominated by George W. Bush on March 13, 2003.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Campbell graduated from the University of Utah with his bachelor's degree in 1976 and his Juris Doctor degree in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Campbell was a law clerk for Federal Appeals Judge Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1979 to 1980, and also clerked for then Associate Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist, in the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 1982. Campbell was a private practice attorney in Arizona from 1982 to 2003. Campbell was an Adjunct Professor for Arizona State University Law School from 1985 to 1986 and again in 1988. Campbell was also a Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in 1990.[1]

Judicial career

District of Arizona

On the recommendation of Arizona U.S. Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain, Campbell was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona by President George W. Bush on March 13, 2003 to a new seat created by 116 Stat. 1758, which was approved by Congress. Campbell was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 8, 2003 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 15, 2003.[2][3]

Notable cases

AZ denies Dreamers state ID's (2013)

  United States District Court for the District of Arizona
     *Arizona Dream Act Coalition, et al., v. Janice K. Brewer, Governor of Arizona, et al. US CV12-02546 PHX DGC
Judge Campbell presided over a case where the issue was whether Arizona can deny driver’s licenses among immigrants authorized to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Prior to the suit, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona issued an executive order to state agencies directing them to stop Deferred Action recipients from obtaining eligibility for any state identification. The Arizona Dream Act coalition along with five individual plaintiffs sued, seeking an injunction that would bar Gov. Brewer’s order. In May of 2013, Campbell ruled that the injunction would not be granted, and the order would stand, though he also found the plaintiffs would be likely to prevail on their claim that their equal protection rights are violated by the Governor’s order. There are about 1.7 million people across the U.S. covered by the DACA program. Eligibility requirements include entry into the U.S. before age 16, enrollment in school or a degree, and no convictions on their record, among other requirements. The ACLU of Arizona, part of the coalition, appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.[4][5]

Petland puppy mill case (2010)

  United States District Court for the District of Arizona
     *Martinelli et al. v. PETLAND, INC. and Hunte Corporation No. CV-09-529-PHX-DGC
Judge Campbell dismissed a lawsuit against Hunte Corporation on February 3, 2010, after six pet owners alleged that Petland Stores who sold the puppies distributed by Hunte came from puppy mills. The judge dismissed the case over finding that the plaintiffs in the case failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Hunte engaged in illegal conduct. The case was part of a series of cases filed by the Humane Society of the United States.[6]

Alleged sham Green Party candidates (2010)

  United States District Court for the District of Arizona
     *Arizona Green Party et al. vs. Ken Bennett et al. 2:10-cv-01902-DGC
In September 2010, the Green Party requested that the names of nine candidates not endorsed by the party be removed from the general election ballots in Arizona. The lawyer for the Green Party alleged that the candidates were recruited by Republicans to restrict the number of votes that could have potentially gone to Democrats. As evidence, he presented the fact that the public positions of the candidates are contrary to the policies supported by his client, the Green Party. Judge Campbell ruled that removing the candidates from the ballot would not be fair to the candidates before a full hearing on the merits of the case had occured. This, in effect, allowed counties in the state to print their ballots as planned.[7]

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Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
District of Arizona
Seat #13
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