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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||6/29/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Robert Gettleman|
|Undergraduate:||Yale College, B.A., 1987|
|Law School:||Stanford Law School, J.D., 1991|
Gary Scott Feinerman is a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2010.
- 2007-2010: Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
- 2003-2007: Solicitor General, State of Illinois
- 1996-2003: Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
- 1994-1996: Counsel, Office of Policy Development, United States Department of Justice
- 1993-1994: Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States
- 1991-1992: Law Clerk, Hon. Joel Flaum, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Northern District of Illinois
|Court:||Northern District of Illinois|
|Progress:||Confirmed 124 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||February 24, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||March 10, 2010|
|Reported:||April 15, 2010|
|Confirmed:||June 28, 2010|
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that President Obama has nominated Feinerman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was one of several recommendations for the seat from Senator Durbin. His nomination was subject to review by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Obama called Feinerman one "of our nation’s best and brightest."
Judiciary Committee hearing
Awards and associations
As Solicitor General of Illinois, Feinerman received Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was also president of the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, a past Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, and recipient of a "Forty Under Forty" designation from Crain's Chicago Business.
Michael Jordan image infringement case (2012)United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc, No. 10 C 340)
On February 16, 2012, Judge Gary Feinerman of United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled against basketball player Michael Jordan in a lawsuit against a store chain who made reference to Jordan in an ad-like magazine layout. According to Feinerman, the layout was constitutionally protected free speech, and did not constitute an advertisement.
The lawsuit centers around a layout published by Sports Illustrated in 2009. In it, Jewel congratulated Jordan on his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and included their logo in the layout. It also included basketball shoes with the number "23" on them, in reference to Jordan's jersey number while playing with the Chicago Bulls. Judge Feinerman's ruling stated that because the layout wasn't attempting to sell anything, there was no misappropriation of Jordan's image. He rejected the argument from Jordan's attorneys that the food chain didn't need to be selling a particular item to have used Jordan's image to promote the company.
- Judge Feinerman Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Courthouse News Service, "Man wrongly imprisoned for 20 years may sue," May 22, 2013
- White House Press Release "President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench," February 24, 2010
- Chicago Breaking News Center "Obama nominates 2 for federal judgeships here," February 25, 2010
- Durbin Press Release "White House Nominates First Two to Fill Federal Judgeships in Northern District," February 24, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Judicial Nomination Materials," accessed April 23, 2014
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Senate Judiciary Committee hearing," March 10, 2010
- Associated Press, "Federal judge deals blow to Jordan in ad lawsuit," February 16, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Illinois
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