Karen Henderson

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Karen Henderson
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   49
Station:   D.C.
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   07/05/1990 - Present
Preceded by:   Kenneth Starr
Past post:   District of South Carolina
Past term:   1986-1990
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Oberlin, OH
Undergraduate:   Duke U., 1966
Law School:   University of North Carolina Law, 1969

Karen LeCraft Henderson is a federal appeals judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Prior to her appointment to the D.C. Circuit, she served on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Oberlin, Ohio, Henderson graduated from Duke University with her B.A. in 1966, and later received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1969.[1]

Professional career

  • 1983-1986: Attorney in private practice, South Carolina
  • 1973-1983: Office of the Attorney General, South Carolina
  • 1982-1983: Deputy attorney general; Director, Criminal Prosecution Division
  • 1978-1982: Senior assistant attorney general; Director, Special Litigation Section
  • 1973-1978: Assistant attorney general
  • 1969-1970: Attorney in private practice, North Carolina[1]

Judicial career

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of the at-large Congressional delegation for the District of Columbia, Henderson was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by George H.W. Bush on May 8, 1990, to a seat vacated by Kenneth Starr as Starr joined the Office of Independent Counsel. Henderson was confirmed by the unanimous consent of the Senate on June 28, 1990, and received commission on July 5, 1990.[2]

District Court of South Carolina

On the recommendation of long time U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Henderson was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina by Ronald Reagan on June 3, 1986, to a seat vacated by William Wilkins, Jr. Henderson was confirmed by the Senate on June 13, 1986, on a Senate vote and received commission on June 16, 1986.[1]

Notable cases

D.C. Circuit cannot rule on filibuster lawsuit due to jurisdictional issue (2014)

In April 2014, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit, comprised of Judges Henderson, Stephen F. Williams and Arthur Randolph, blocked a lawsuit filed by the advocacy group Common Cause having to do with Senate filibuster rules invoked as to the DREAM and DISCLOSE bills. The decision, written by Judge Randolph, noted that the advocacy group failed to sue the proper party, namely, the Senate itself, as it was the cause of the alleged injury in question. Judge Randolph further stated that the Senate was an "absent third party," and that the D.C. Circuit therefore lacked jurisdiction to rule on the case.

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