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James E. Shadid

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James E. Shadid
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   3/10/2011 - Present
Chief:   3/12/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Michael Mihm
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   Peoria, IL
Undergraduate:   Bradley U., B.S., 1979
Law School:   John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1983

James E. Shadid is the Chief Judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He was nominated by President President Barack Obama in May 2010. Previously, he was a judge on the Tenth Circuit of Illinois.[1][2]

Early life and education

Judge Shadid received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1983 and his B.S. from Bradley University in 1979.[3]

Professional career

  • 2004-present: Adjunct professor at Bradley University
  • 2001-2011: Circuit judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois
  • 1996-2001: Commissioner of the Illinois Court of Claims
  • 1986-2001: Part-time public defender in Peoria County
  • 1983-2001: Attorney, private practice[3]

Judicial career

Central District of Illinois

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:James E. Shadid
 Court:Central District of Illinois
 Progress:Confirmed 284 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Qualified

In February 2010 Senator Dick Durbin recommended Shadid to President Obama for a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.[4] On May 27, 2010, President Obama nominated Shadid to the Central District of Illinois to replace Michael Mihm.[5] Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "I am proud to nominate these outstanding individuals to serve on the District Court bench. I am confident they will serve the people of North Carolina and Illinois with distinction.”[3]

Shadid received a rating of "Qualified" from the substantial majority of the American Bar Association, and a rating of "Well Qualified" from the minority. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 15, 2010 and you can find his hearing transcript here.[6] He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 1, 2010.[7]

To read his reaction and a report of the hearing: Journal Star, "Shadid overwhelmed, humbled by Senate hearing," September 15, 2010.

Shadid's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. Shadid was resubmitted by the President as a nomination for federal Circuit Court on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.[8] Shadid was confirmed to his position by the U.S. Senate on March 7, 2011 by an 89-0 vote.[9]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Michael Mihm
Central District of Illinois
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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