Nanette Laughrey

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Nanette Laughrey
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #5T
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/1/1996 - 8/27/2011
Senior:   8/27/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Joseph Stevens
Succeeded by:   Brian C. Wimes
Past post:   Western District of Missouri
Past term:   8/1/1996 - Present
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Cheyenne, WY
Undergraduate:   University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1967
Law School:   University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 1975

Nanette Kay Laughrey is an Article III federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. She joined both courts in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She assumed senior status on August 27, 2011.

Early life and education

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Laughrey graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles with her bachelor's degree in 1967 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Laughrey was an Assistant State Attorney General of Missouri from 1975 to 1979, before serving as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Columbia, Missouri, until 1983. Laughrey was also a private practice attorney in Columbia, Missouri, from 1980 to 1983. Laughrey taught as a faculty member of the University of Missouri Columbia Law School from 1983 to 1996, first as an Associate Professor until 1987, and then as a Professor of Law until 1996. Laughrey was the Deputy State Attorney General for the State of Missouri from 1992 to 1993.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern & Western District Courts of Missouri

On the recommendation of Congressman and House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, Laughrey was nominated to serve on both the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri by President Bill Clinton on October 20, 1995, to a seat vacated by Joseph Stevens, Jr. Laughrey was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 1996, on a Senate vote and received commission on August 1, 1996.[2] She assumed senior status on August 27, 2011. Laughrey was succeeded in this position by Brian C. Wimes.

Notable cases

Mandatory drug testing of college students found unconstitutional (2013)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Barrett, et al v. Claycomb, et al, 2:11-CV-04242-NKL)

On September 13, 2013, Laughrey ruled that mandatory and suspicionless drug testing of college students was unconstitutional as an unreasonable search. In the underlying case, Linn State Technical College instituted a drug-testing program in 2011 which required that incoming freshmen and students who had been away from campus for six months or more submit to urine testing for drug screens. The college claimed that the drug tests would prepare students for employment in fields where such tests may be required, among other reasons, none of which were related to student safety. The ACLU filed suit on behalf of six students, alleging that the drug tests violated their Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Laughrey granted the students an injunction, and Linn State filed an interlocutory appeal to the Eighth Circuit, claiming that the school needed to perform these drug tests to prevent safety risks to its students. The appeals court lifted the injunction and sent the case back to the trial court, where Laughrey ruled that the school had used "illusory safety concerns to mask unconstitutional purposes." Noting that it was well-settled law that urine tests are searches under the Fourth Amendment, Laughrey found that Linn State's drug-testing policy was unconstitutional. A lawyer for the school said further appeal in the case is likely.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Joseph Stevens
Eastern District of Missouri
1996–2011
Seat #5T
Succeeded by:
Brian C. Wimes



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