John Bates

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John Deacon Bates
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Judge
Station:   D.C.
Alternative court:   United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Alternative term:   2/22/2006 - 2/21/2013
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Approval vote:   97-0-3
Active:   12/14/2001 - Present
Preceded by:   Stanley Harris
Personal History
Born:   10/11/1946
Hometown:   Elizabeth, NJ
Undergraduate:   Wesleyan University '68
Law School:   U. Maryland School of Law '76



John Deacon Bates is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Bates also served on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court from February 22, 2006 until February 21, 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Bates graduated from Wesleyan University with his bachelor's degree in 1968 and later from the University of Maryland School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1976. Bates served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971.[2]

Professional career

Bates was a law clerk for federal judge Roszel Thomsen in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 1977 before entering private practice in Washington, DC from 1977 to 1980. In 1980, Bates joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1980 to 1987 and also served as Chief of the Civil Division for the District of Columbia from 1987 to 1997. In 1995, Bates served as Deputy Independent Counsel until 1997 before resuming private practice in 1998 until his appointment to the Federal Bench in 2001.[2]

Judicial career

District of Columbia

Bates was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001 to a seat vacated by Stanley Harris. Bates was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 11, 2001 on an unopposed 97-0-3 Senate vote and received commission on December 14, 2001.[3].

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Bates also served on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He was appointed on February 22, 2006 and his term ended on February 21, 2013.[4]

Notable cases

Logging in Alaskan forests (2010)

  United States District Court for the District of Columbia
     *Alaska Forest Association, et al., v. Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, et al. cv-08-01951-JDB
On February 17, 2010, Judge Bates dismissed a lawsuit filed by Alaska logging industry groups that would have allowed for more logging on Alaska's Tongass National Forest. The lawsuit challenged a management plan that was created by the Bush Administration that would limit the amount of space for logging activity in the forest.[5]


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