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Jerome Holmes

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Jerome Holmes
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   8/9/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Stephanie Seymour
Personal History
Born:   1961
Hometown:   Washington D.C.
Undergraduate:   Wake Forest U., B.A., 1983
Law School:   Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1988
Grad. School:   Harvard U. '00 (M.P.A.)

Jerome Holmes (b.1961) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined the court in 2006 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Holmes was a private practice attorney in Oklahoma.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Washington, D.C., Holmes graduated from Wake Forest University with his bachelor's degree in 1983 before graduating from Georgetown Law Center with his Juris Doctor degree in 1988. Holmes later obtained a master's in Public Affairs from Harvard Universityin 2000.[1]

Professional career

Holmes was a law clerk, first for former federal judge, Wayne Alley in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1988 to 1990, and then for Federal Appeals Judge William Holloway in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1990 to 1991. From 1991-1994, Holmes was a private practice attorney in District of Columbia. In 1994, Holmes joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2005.[1]

Judicial career

Tenth Circuit

On the recommendation of Oklahoma U.S. Senators James Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Holmes was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2006 to a seat vacated by Stephanie Seymour as Seymour assumed senior status. Holmes was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a Senate vote on July 25, 2006, and received commission on August 9, 2006.[2]

Notable cases

Court sides with Abercrombie in religious discrimination case (2013)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., 11-5110)

On October 1, 2013, the Tenth Circuit vacated a trial court summary judgment ruling in a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a would-be Muslim employee after the clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) declined to hire her because she wore a headscarf. Judge Holmes wrote for the majority, joined by Judge Paul Kelly. Judge David Ebel wrote separately, concurring in part and dissenting in part. In the underlying case, the plaintiff, Samantha Elauf, interviewed for a job at A&F while wearing a religious headscarf, but did not specifically inform her interviewer that she wore it for a religious purpose; the interviewer merely assumed that it was worn for a religious purpose. Ultimately, Elauf was not hired because her headscarf violated A&F's dress code. In the ruling, Holmes noted that the trial court's decision was erroneous -- there can be no religious discrimination without notification of the need for a religious accommodation. Here, because Elauf failed to tell her interviewer that she would need an accommodation for her religious headscarf, the EEOC would not have been unable to conclusively establish that A&F had actual notice of her religious needs. In his separate opinion, Ebel agreed that the trial court's decision was incorrect, but argued that the question of discrimination should have been sent to a jury.[3][4]

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