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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:   3/9/2000-4/22/2015
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 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. Bye will assume senior status on April 22, 2015.[1]


Bye received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of North Dakota in 1959 and 1962, respectively.[2]

Professional career

  • 1968-2000: Attorney in private practice
  • 1966-1968: Assistant U.S. attorney, District of North Dakota
  • 1964-1966: Special assistant attorney general, State of North Dakota
  • 1962-1964: Deputy securities commissioner, State of North Dakota [2]

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 U.S. Senate on February 24, 2000, and received commission on March 9, 2000.[3]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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