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Michael Melloy
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   02/14/2002 - 02/01/2013
Senior:   02/01/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   George Fagg
Succeeded by:   Jane Kelly
Past post:   Northern District of Iowa
Past chief:   1992 - 1999
Past term:   08/17/1992 - 02/26/2002
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Dubuque, IA
Undergraduate:   Loras College, 1970
Law School:   University of Iowa College of Law, 1974
Military service:   U.S. Army 1970 - 1976

Michael Joseph Melloy (b. 1948) is a judge serving on senior status for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He assumed senior status on February 1, 2013.[1]

Education

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Melloy graduated from Loras College with his B.A. in 1970. Melloy obtained his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974. Melloy served in the United States Army on active duty from 1970 to 1972, and then in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1972 to 1976.[1]

Professional career

Melloy was a private practice attorney in the state of Iowa from 1974 to 1986.[1]

Judicial career

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Melloy was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by George Fagg as Fagg assumed senior status. Melloy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2002, on a unopposed 91-0-9 vote, and received commission on February 14, 2002.[2] On February 1, 2013, Melloy assumed senior status after serving on the court for almost 10 years, and was succeeded in this position by Jane Kelly.

Northern District of Iowa

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Melloy was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by President George H.W. Bush on April 9, 1992, to a seat vacated by David Hansen. Melloy was confirmed by the Senate on August 12, 1992, and received commission on August 17, 1992. Melloy served as chief judge until 1999.[3] Melloy was succeeded in this position by Linda Reade.

Bankruptcy Judge

Melloy was a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the United States bankruptcy court, Northern District of Iowa from 1986 to 1992.

Notable cases

Eighth Circuit affirms police immunity following Taser death (2014)

In June 2014, the Eighth Circuit ruled that Minneapolis police officers were entitled to qualified immunity after a suspect's death in a Taser incident during an arrest. Chief Judge William Riley, writing for a three-judge panel of the court that included Judges Melloy and Jane Kelly, affirmed the trial court's ruling, noting that the police force used was reasonable under the circumstances.

Articles:

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 under federal discrimination laws. 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 black members.[4]


In the original suit, Sanders was awarded compensatory damages, lost wages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees by a jury. On 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's 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:
David R. Hansen
Northern District of Iowa
1992–2002
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Linda Reade
Preceded by:
George Fagg
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
2002–2013
Succeeded by:
Jane Kelly