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Edward Lodge

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Edward Lodge
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   11/27/1989-Present
Chief:   1992 - 1999
Preceded by:   Marion Callister
Personal History
Born:   1933
Hometown:   Caldwell, ID
Undergraduate:   College of Idaho, 1957
Law School:   University of Idaho, 1961

Edward J. Lodge is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. He joined the court in 1989 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.[1] Lodge plans to assume senior status on July 3, 2015.[2]


Lodge graduated from the College of Idaho with his bachelor's degree in 1957 and later graduated from the University of Idaho with his law degree in 1961.[1]

Professional career

Lodge was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Idaho from 1960 to 1963 before becoming a Probate Judge in the Canyon County from 1963 to 1965. In 1965, Lodge became a district court judge for the Idaho District Court from 1965 to 1988.[1]

Judicial career

District of Idaho

Lodge served as a bankruptcy judge for the District of Idaho from 1988 to 1989. Lodge was nominated by President George Bush on October 30, 1989, to a seat vacated by Judge Marion Callister as Callister assumed senior status. Lodge was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 21, 1989, and received commission on November 27, 1989.[3] Lodge served as the chief judge of the court from 1992 to 1999.

Notable cases

Idaho charter schools (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling, Case No. CV09-427-S-EJL)

Judge Lodge on May 17, 2010, dismissed a lawsuit filed against the State of Idaho by a charter school that planned to use the Bible as part of a test. The judge found that requirements sought by the charter school violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on the basis of separating church and state.[4] The case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court where Lodge's ruling was upheld. The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the case.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Marion Callister
District of Idaho
Seat #2
Succeeded by: