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Janet Hall

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Janet Hall
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/18/1997 - Present
Chief:   2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Gilroy Daly
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Lowell, MA
Undergraduate:   Mount Holyoke College, B.A., 1970
Law School:   New York U. Law, J.D., 1973
Janet C. Hall is the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. She joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. At the time of her appointment, Hall was a private practice attorney. Hall was elevated to the position of chief judge on September 9, 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Hall graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with her bachelor's degree in 1970 and later from New York University School of Law with her Juris Doctor degree in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Hall was a private practice attorney from 1973 to 1975 before joining the United States Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Antritrust Division from 1975 to 1979. Hall served in the U.S. Attorney's Office as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1979 before resuming private practice work from 1980 to 1997.[1]

Judicial career

District of Connecticut

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators Christopher Dodd and Joe Libermann, Hall was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by President Bill Clinton on June 5, 1997 to a seat vacated by Gilroy Daly. Hall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 11, 1997 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 18, 1997.[2][1] Hall was elevated to the position of chief judge of the court on September 9, 2013.[1]

Notable cases

Graduations cannot be held at church (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
On May 31, 2010, Judge Hall ruled that school districts in the State of Connecticut could not hold their high school graduation ceremonies in a church. The judge said that having graduation held at a church with identifiable religious symbols constitutes endorsing an official religion. The ruling prevented the Enfield School District from having two ceremonies at the church on June 23 and 24, 2010.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Gilroy Daly
District of Connecticut
Seat #2
Succeeded by:

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