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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||09/18/1997 - Present|
|Chief:||2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Elizabeth Hallanan|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term:||1977 - 1997|
|Undergraduate:||Marshall U., 1974|
|Law School:||West Virginia U. Law, 1977|
Robert Chambers is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Chambers has been the chief judge of the court since 2012.
Born in Williamson, West Virginia, Chambers graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with his B.A. in 1974, and graduated from West Virginia University College of Law with his J.D. in 1977.
Chambers was a private practice attorney in the State of West Virginia from 1977 to 1997. He served as legal counsel for the West Virginia State Senate in 1978, and was an elected Delegate for the West Virginia House of Delegates (House of Representatives) as a Democratic constituent from 1978 to 1996.
Southern District of West Virginia
Chambers was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Bill Clinton on June 5, 1997, to a seat vacated by Elizabeth Hallanan. Chambers was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 5, 1997, on a Senate voice vote and received commission on September 18, 1997.
Judge finds violations of Clean Water Act against mining companies (2014)
Following several days of expert testimony from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition's witnesses, Judge Chambers found that the Elk Run Coal Company and Alex Energy, two mining companies, allowed ionic pollution to enter nearby waterways. The judge later held that "overwhelming scientific evidence" proved violations of the Clean Water Act had occurred.
Mining and environmentalism in West Virginia (2012)United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, et al., v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, et al., 3:05-cv-00784)
Judge Chambers presided over a case involving a mine owned by Consol Energy. The case pertained to the company's ability to stay in operation in the State of West Virginia. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin petitioned the judge to keep the plant after a previous ruling in favor of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, who sued the mining company over how its permit was obtained. On August 10, 2012, Judge Chambers granted the ability of the Army Corps of Engineers to issue the permit to Consol Energy. After the re-institution of the permit, the challenge was brought back before Judge Chambers where the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition attempted to proved to him that irreparable harm would be caused. Judge Chambers denied the claim, but issued a stay against the mining company so that the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition could have time to appeal the ruling.
- United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- News: Mine permit arguments heard by West Virginia judge, May 13, 2012
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Robert Chambers"
- Southern District of West Virginia, "Honorable Robert C. Chambers, Chief Judge"
- West Virginia Encyclopedia, "Robert C. Chambers"
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Robert Chambers," accessed July 30, 2014
- West Virginia Metro News, "Governor calls for a stay in Fola case," December 21, 2009
- United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, "Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, et al., v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, et al.," August 8, 2012 (timed out)
- United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, "Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, et al., v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, et al.," September 13, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of West Virginia
|Magistrate judges||Clarke VanDervort • Cheryl Eifert • Dwane Tinsley •|
|Former Article III judges||
Benjamin Franklin Keller • George Warwick McClintic • Harry Watkins • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • John Field • Kenneth Hall • Elizabeth Hallanan • Dennis Knapp • Ben Moore • Robert Staker •
|Former Chief judges|