Kermit Bye

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Kermit Bye
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Fargo, ND
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   3/9/2000 - Present
Preceded by:   Gerald Heaney
Personal History
Born:   1937
Hometown:   Hatton, ND
Undergraduate:   University of North Dakota '59
Law School:   University of North Dakota '62

Kermit Edward Bye (b. 1937) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Hatton, North Dakota, Bye graduated from the University of North Dakota with his bachelor's degree in 1959 and later graduated with his Juris Doctor degree in 1962.[1]

Professional career

Bye began his legal career as a Deputy Securities Commissioner for the State of North Dakota from 1962 to 1964 before becoming a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of North Dakota from 1964 to 1966. Bye later became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota from 1966 to 1968 before entering private practice in North Dakota from 1968 to 2000.

Judicial career

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, Bye was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on April 22, 1999, to a seat vacated by John D. Kelly. Bye was confirmed by the Senate on February 24, 2000, and received commission on March 9, 2000.[2]

Awards and associations

Notable cases

Lee County School District Racial Discrimination Case (2012)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Sharon Sanders v. Lee County School Dist. No. 1, et al, 10-3240)

On February 29, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit partially overturned a ruling of the Eastern District of Arkansas, finding the Lee County School District to be guilty of federal discrimination law. Sharon Sanders, a former school finance coordinator, took the district to court following her demotion and subsequent recommendation for dismissal on the basis of race discrimination. According to court records, Sanders and another administrator were demoted following an election where the school board became comprised of a majority of African American members.[3]

In the original suit, Sanders was awarded compensatory damages, lost wages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees by a jury. Upon appeal, a judge of the Eastern District of Arkansas revoked the lost wages and severely cut her award for attorney's fees. The ruling by the Eighth Circuit ordered new proceedings to determine fees for Sanders' attorney and punitive damages, but fundamentally agreed that she had been discriminated against on the basis of race.[3]

See also


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John D. Kelly
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: