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Ellen Huvelle

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Ellen Huvelle
Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle -- official pic.jpg
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   D.C.
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/26/1999-6/3/2014
Senior:   6/3/2014-Present
Preceded by:   John Penn
Succeeded by:   Amit Priyavadan Mehta
Past post:   District of Columbia Superior Court
Past term:   1990-1999
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Boston, MA
Undergraduate:   Wellsley College, 1970
Law School:   Boston College, 1975
Grad. School:   Yale School of Achitecture, 1972 (Masters)

Ellen Segal Huvelle is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Huvelle assumed senior status on June 3, 2014.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Huvelle graduated from Wellsley College with her bachelor's degree in 1970 and later received Master's degree from the Yale University School of Achitecture in 1972. Huvelle graduated from Boston College School of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Huvelle was a law clerk for Massachusetts State Supreme Court Justice Edward Hennessey in the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1975 to 1976. He then entered private practice in Washington, D.C. until 1990. Huvelle was an Associate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 1990 to 1999 and also served as Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1997 to 1999.[1]

Judicial career

District of Columbia

Huvelle was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Bill Clinton on March 25, 1999, to a seat vacated by John Penn. Huvelle was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 15, 1999, on a voice vote and received commission on October 26, 1999. She assumed senior status on June 3, 2014.[1]

Notable cases

FOIA request and Kagan's role in Healthcare law (2011)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Media Research Center, v. U.S. Department of Justice, et al., cv-11-0426-ESH)

On October 14, 2011, Judge Huvelle blocked a lawsuit filed by two conservative special interest groups, Judicial Watch and Media Research Center, after they were unsatisfied by Justice Department documents released after a Freedom of Information Act request. The groups say that the undisclosed material would include details about senior Justice Department meetings Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan may have attended where legal strategy related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might have been discussed.[2] Judge Huvelle dismissed the arguments, saying that the "Plaintiffs' argument, that the topics within the FOIA request must have been discussed at these meetings and that records related to this must have existed, is simply conjecture and is therefore insufficient to justify a finding that the search was inadequate.[2] The full story can be found here.

Ordered release of juvenile Gitmo detainee (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Saki Bacha (aka Mohammed Jawad) v. Barack Obama, et al., 1:05-cv-02385-ESH)

Judge Huvelle on July 23, 2009, ruled that Mohammed Jawad must be given a trial in federal court after being held in Guantanamo Bay for over seven years.[3] The judge found in her July 23rd ruling that there was no basis for the Government to continue to hold Jawad in Guantanamo Bay.[3] On July 30, 2009, Judge Huvelle ordered that Jawad should be released and returned to Afghanastan.[4] The judge ordered that federal prosecutors have until August 6, 2009 to notify Congress that the prosecutors carried out her order.[4] However, prosecutors looked for new evidence to start a new trial on Jawad.[4] Jawad was returned to Afghanistan on August 24th, 2009.[5]

See also

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