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Richard Mark Gergel

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Richard Mark Gergel
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Station:   Charleston, SC
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   08/9/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Henry Herlong
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Columbia, SC
Undergraduate:   Duke U., B.A., 1975
Law School:   Duke U., J.D., 1979

Richard Mark Gergel (b. August 15, 1954) is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 22, 2009 and confirmed to the court by the Senate on August 5, 2010.

Early life and education

Gergel attended Oxford University and Duke University, and received his B.A. in 1975 from Duke. He earned his J.D. from Duke University in 1979.[1][2]

Professional career

Gergal was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1980.[2] He joined the firm Medlock and Davis after graduation, and the firm Gergel, Nickles and Solomon, P.A in 1983. He became a partner and stayed at this firm until joining the court in 2010.[3]

Judicial career

District of South Carolina

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Richard Mark Gergel
 Court:District of South Carolina
 Progress:Confirmed 226 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:December 22, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:April 16, 2010
ApprovedAReported:May 6, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:August 5, 2010
 Vote: Voice vote

Gergel was nominated for a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina by President Obama on December 22, 2009. The President said he would be an "esteemed addition to the federal bench for the people of South Carolina".[3]

Gergel received a rating of Unanimously Well Qualified from the American Bar Association.[4]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Gergel's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Gergal had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 16, 2010.[5] He was reported to the Senate on May 6, 2010.

Gergel was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2010 on voice vote.[6]

Notable cases

South Carolina immigration law (2011)

In December 2011, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel blocked portions of South Carolina's Immigration law, ruling that the law infringed upon the powers granted to the United States federal government. Gergel determined that measures, including requiring police officers to check residency status and making it a felony for anyone to harbor or transport an illegal immigrant, fell within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. The judge argued that the "state-mandated scrutiny is without consideration of federal enforcement priorities and unquestionably vastly expands the persons targeted for immigration enforcement action."[7]

Awards and associations

  • 1998-2000: South Carolina Jewish Historical Society
  • 1998-2000: President, South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society
  • 1978-1979: Member, Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation
  • Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference[1][2]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Henry Herlong
District of South Carolina
Seat #9
Succeeded by:

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