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This page is about the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois. If you are looking for the Arizona Justice of the Peace from Maricopa County, see Michael Reagan.
Michael Reagan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/13/2000 - Present
Preceded by:   Paul Riley
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate:   Bradley U., B.S., 1976
Law School:   St. Louis U., J.D., 1980

Michael Joseph Reagan is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

A native of New Mexico, Reagan graduated from Bradley University in 1976 with his bachelor's degree and from Saint Louis University with his juris doctorate degree in 1980.[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Office of the Appellate Defender, Fifth Appellate District, IL, 1978
  • Private practice, 1979-2000
  • Instructor in business law, Belleville Area College, 1980-1983
  • Adjunct assistant professor of law, St. Louis University, 1982-1988
  • Assistant public defender, St. Clair County, IL, 1996-2000[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Illinois

On the recommendation of Senator Dick Durbin, Reagan was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 2000 to a seat vacated by Paul Riley. Reagan was confirmed by the Senate on October 3, 2000, on a senate vote and received commission on October 13, 2000.[1]

Notable cases

Coal co. sues Mine Safety administration (2010)

  United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
     *The American Coal Company, v. Mine Safety and Health Administration, et al. 3:2008-cv-00814
On February 22, 2010, Judge Reagan dismissed a case filed by the American Coal Company against the Mine Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor.[2]

The company sued the MHSA over claims of abusive oversight that included citations that were issued by the MHSA on a quota system.[2]

American Coal filed an amended lawsuit in March of 2010. In February of 2011, claims against several former MSHA were dismissed because they had been succeeded in office, and their replacements were brought into the suit as substitutes.[3][4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Paul Riley
Southern District of Illinois
Seat #4
Succeeded by:

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