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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||12/22/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Michael McConnell|
|Undergraduate:||Stanford U. '75|
|Law School:||Yale Law '80|
|Grad. School:||Oxford (M.A.)|
Scott M. Matheson, Jr. is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined the court in 2010 after being nominated by President President Barack Obama. Prior to his appointment, he was a faculty member at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, holdingthe Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair.
Early life and education
- 2007: Chair of the Utah Mine Safety Commission
- 2004: Democratic candidate for Utah Governor
- 1998-2006: Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
- 1993-1997: United States Attorney for the [[District of Utah]
- 1989-1990: Professor of First Amendment Law, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
- 1988-1989: Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County
- 1985-1998: Faculty, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
- 1981-1985: Associate Attorney, Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.
|Progress:||Confirmed 294 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||March 3, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Qualified|
|Hearing:||May 13, 2010|
|Reported:||June 10, 2010|
|Confirmed:||December 22, 2010|
|Vote: Voice vote|
|“||A distinguished candidate for the Tenth Circuit court. Both his legal and academic credentials are impressive and his commitment to judicial integrity is unwavering. I am honored to nominate this lifelong Utahn to the federal bench.||”|
Judiciary Committee hearing
Matheson had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010. He was questioned closely by Senator Jon Kyl over his opinion on presidential authority, but faced little questioning from the rest of the committee. Matheson was reported by committee on June 10, 2010.
Oklahoma Sharia Law temporary injunction (2012)United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Awad v. Ziriax, et al, 10-6273)
On January 10, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals released an anticipated ruling. The decision by the panel of Judges Terrence O'Brien, Scott Matheson and Monroe McKay, upheld a previous ruling by Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, out of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, that said Oklahoma's "Sharia Law" ballot measure was unconstitutional. Supported by 70% of the state's population in 2010, the amendment prohibited courts in the state from considering international or Sharia law in deciding cases.
The Tenth Circuit Court disagreed with the supporters of the amendment, who insisted that the measure was intended to disallow courts from considering any religious law in their proceedings. As a response, the opinion states, "That argument conflicts with the amendment's plain language, which mentions sharia law in two places."Because the amendment was thought to discriminate against a specific religion, in this case, Islam, strict scrutiny was applied to judging its contents. Courts often utilize a higher level of scrutiny when it is concerned a minority is being unfairly treated.
- Matheson Biography from the S.J. Quinney College of Law
- Politico: Live Pulse "Matheson knocks down vote trading questions," March 3, 2010
- Deseret News "Obama names Scott Matheson Jr. to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals," March 3, 2010
- White House Press Release "President Obama Nominates Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit," March 3, 2010
- KSL.com "Obama nominates Scott Matheson Jr. to court of appeals," March 3, 2010
- The Salt Lake Tribune "Scott Matheson named to 10th Circuit appellate court," March 4, 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Judicial Nomination Materials
- The Salt Lake Tribune "Senate judiciary panel heaps praise on Matheson nomination," May 14, 2010
- Deseret News, "Scott Matheson confirmed by Senate to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals," December 22, 2010
- ABAJournal.com, "10th Circuit Says Federal Judge Got It Right, Correctly Blocked Okla. Voter Ban on Shariah Law," January 10, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Appeals court affirms order blocking Oklahoma sharia law ban," January 10, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Judge: Mary Briscoe • Jerome Holmes • Neil Gorsuch • Timothy Tymkovich • Harris Hartz • Carlos Lucero • Paul Kelly • Carolyn McHugh • Nancy Caplinger-Moritz • Robert Bacharach • Scott Matheson • Gregory Alan Phillips
|Former judges||William E. Doyle • Robert Henry • Michael McConnell • William Holloway • Robert McWilliams • James Barrett • John Hazelton Cotteral • Robert E. Lewis • Robert Williams • Orie Leon Phillips • George Thomas McDermott • Sam Gilbert Bratton • Alfred Murrah • Walter Huxman • David Thomas Lewis • Jean Breitenstein • Delmas Hill • John Hickey • James Logan • John Pickett • Oliver Seth •|
|Former Chief judges|
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|
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