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Helene White
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   8/8/2008 - Present
Preceded by:   Susan Neilson
Past post:   Michigan Court of Appeals
Past term:   1992-2008
Personal History
Born:   1954
Undergraduate:   Barnard College
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania Law '78

Helene N. White (b. 1954) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. She joined the court on August 8, 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]


Judge White graduated from Barnard College with an A.B. and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1978.[2]

Professional career

In 1992, Judge White was elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals, First District, where she served until her appointment to the Sixth Circuit. From 1983 to 1993, Judge White served as a judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court. In 1980, Judge White was elected as a Common Pleas Court Judge for the City of Detroit. In 1981, the court became the 36th District Court of Michigan and Judge White served on that court until 1983.[3]

Judicial career

White was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President George W. Bush to a seat vacated by Susan Neilson. The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination by Yea/Nea vote on June 15, 2008, and White received commission on August 8, 2008.[4][5]

RMGN and the Court of Appeals

Reform Michigan Government Now's (RMGN) failed proposal to reduce the Michigan Court of Appeals from 28 to 21 judges, based on term expiration dates, was intended to shift the court's political power from the Republicans to the Democrats. Had the proposal passed, the court's political makeup would be changed from the current 16 Republican judges and 12 Democratic judges to 10 Republican judges and 11 Democratic judges--thereby eliminating six Republican judges and one Democratic judge. The judges targeted by the Reform Michigan Government Now proposal were: Pat Donofrio, Joel Hoekstra, Donald Owens, David Sawyer, William Whitbeck, Kurtis Wilder, and White--the only Democrat affected by these removals.[6]

Awards and associations

Judge White has been a member of the Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Committee, American Bar Association's Judicial Administration Division, American Judicature Society, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Detroit Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, and the Michigan Judges Association. She also serves as a board member to the JVS (formerly the Jewish Vocational Services), the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Legal Services, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, American Jewish Committee, Metropolitan Detroit Young Women's Christian Association, and COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter), an organization that provides temporary shelter, longer term care, and transitional housing for those in need.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Susan Neilson
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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