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Michael Mills
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Oxford, MS
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   10/11/2001 - Present
Chief:   2007 - Present
Preceded by:   Neal Biggers
Past post:   Mississippi Supreme Court, Associate Justice
Past term:   1995-2001
Personal History
Born:   1956
Hometown:   Charleston, SC
Undergraduate:   University of Mississippi, B.A., 1978
Law School:   University of Mississippi Law, J.D., 1980
Grad. School:   U. of Virginia of Law, LL.M., 2001
Michael Mills (b. 1956) is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. Mills is the court's lead judicial administrative officer in conjunction with the Clerk of Court in the day to day operations of the court. He joined the court in 2001 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Judge Mills received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1980.[1]

Professional career

After Law School, Mills was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1980 to 1995. Also Mills was a elected State Representative for the Mississippi House of Representatives as a elected Republican from 1984 to 1995.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Mississippi

He was an Associate Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court before accepting his current position in the federal judiciary. Mills was given the unanimous recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott for the nomination. Mills resigned from the Mississippi court effective October 31, 2001, and after being nominated by George W. Bush to the seat vacated by Neal Biggers. Millas was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 11, 2001 on a Senate Vote.[2]

Senate Confirmation Gridlock

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) held up the Senate vote to confirm Mills to the federal district court because of a dissent joined by Justice Mills in an anti-abortion trespasser case. An abortion protester who was tried and convicted for trespassing on clinic property claimed that she should have been able to present the “necessity defense”—a defense that allows one to take illegal action to stop another illegal act. The protester claimed that illegal abortions were being done in the clinic, thus her trespass was justified to stop them. The trial judge refused to hear the defense and convicted her. The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the conviction, but Justice Mills joined the dissent, claiming that the protester should have been allowed to put on evidence relating to her defense.[3]

Judicial philosophy

Position on judicial elections

Justice Mills believes that Mississippians will never abandon its system of judicial elections. "People love elections. It’s like a sporting event."[4]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Neal Biggers
Northern District of Mississippi
2001–Current
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
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