Rosemary Collyer

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Rosemary Collyer
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Judge
Station:   D.C.
Alternative court:   United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Alternative term:   3/8/2013 - 3/7/2020
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   11/15/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Jackson
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Port Chester, MD
Undergraduate:   Trinity College '68
Law School:   U. Denver College of Law '77

Rosemary M. Collyer is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Maryland, Collyer graduated from Trinity College with her bachelor's degree in 1968 and later graduated from University of Denver College of Law with her juris doctorate degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

Collyer started her legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Colorado from 1977 to 1981 before becoming Chairwoman of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission from 1981 to 1984. Collyer later became General counsel for the National Labor Relations Board from 1984 to 1989 before resuming private practice licensed in Washington, DC from 1989 to 2002.[1]

Judicial career

District of Columbia

Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush on August 1, 2002 to a seat vacated by Thomas Jackson. Collyer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 14, 2002 on a senate vote and received commission on November 15, 2002.[1]

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Collyer was appointed to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on March 8, 2013 to a term that expires on March 7, 2020.[2]

Notable cases

Case against farm animal identification dismissed (2009)

  United States District Court for the District of Columbia
     *Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fun v. USDA 08-1546
In July 2009, Judge Collyer dismissed a lawsuit filed by Michigan livestock farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture. The plaintiffs claimed the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), adopted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The plaintiffs belong to religions in which "man has dominion over all animals," and they contested that the federal NAIS revoked that power. Judge Collyer dismissed the case because the program is not mandatory, but rather is encouraged by the states.[3][4]

See also

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