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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||10/17/1985 - 05/31/2007|
|Chief:||2000 - 2007|
|Senior:||06/01/2007 - Present|
|Preceded by:||98 Stat. 333|
|Succeeded by:||Sharion Aycock|
|Undergraduate:||University of Mississippi, B.A., 1962|
|Law School:||University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1965|
|Military service:||U.S. Air Force 1966 - 1969|
Glen Davidson is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Davidson is a judge serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Davidson graduated from the University of Mississippi with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and later graduated with his juris doctor degree in 1965. Davidson served in the United States Air Force as a Captain of the JAG Corps from 1966 to 1969.
Davidson started his legal career as a City prosecutor for the City of Tupelo in 1965 before taking a leave from the legal profession to serve in Vietnam. After serving in the Air Force, Davidson became a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1969 to 1981 with the exception of 1975 when Davidson was appointed District Attorney for the First Judicial District of Mississippi. In addition to his private practice work, Davidson was a part-time Assistant District Attorney for the First Judicial District of Mississippi from 1969 to 1974. In 1981, Davidson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi and served in the role till his appointment to the Federal Bench in 1985.
Northern District of Mississippi
On the recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Davidson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 23, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was approved by Congress. Davidson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1985. Davidson served as the chief judge of the court from 2000 to 2007 before later assuming senior status on June 1, 2007. Davidson was succeeded in this position by Sharion Aycock.
Same-sex prom date case (2010)United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (Constance McMillen v. Itawamba County School District, 1:10CV61-D-D)
Judge Davidson was the presiding judge in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Mississippi high school student, who sued Itawamba County School District over canceling senior prom. Constance McMillen, who is a lesbian, felt that school administrators canceled prom over bringing a same-sex date to the event, which the school barred. A hearing was held on March 21, 2010, in which the judge heard arguments from the school district and the ACLU if McMillen's actions caused disruptions forcing the cancellation of the prom. Judge Davidson issued a ruling on March 23, 2010 that school administrators violated McMillen's rights, but did not order district officials to reinstate the prom. The judge felt that the prom sponsored by parents of the school's students served its own purpose and would avoid any confusion or further controversy down the road.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Mississippi
Neal Biggers • Glen Davidson •
|Magistrate judges||Allan Alexander • David Sanders • Jane Virden •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Adams • Samuel Jameson Gholson • Robert Andrews Hill • Henry Clay Niles • Edwin Ruthven Holmes • Lyonel Senter • Allen Pepper • Orma Rinehart Smith • William Colbert Keady • Claude Feemster Clayton • Elijah Allen Cox •
|Former Chief judges|