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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Mark Filip|
|Undergraduate:||Northern Illinois University, 1981|
|Law School:||Washington University School of Law, 1984|
- 1 Education
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Judicial career
- 4 Notable cases
- 5 Awards and associations
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Sharon Johnson Coleman is a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2010, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 12, 2010.
- 2008-2010: Judge, Illinois First District Appellate Court
- 1996-2008: Judge, Illinois Cook Judicial Circuit Court
- 1993-1996: Deputy State's Attorney and Chief of Public Interest Bureau, Cook County, Illinois
- 1989-1993: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
- 1984-1989: Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County, Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
|Court:||Northern District of Illinois|
|Progress:||Confirmed 138 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||February 24, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||March 10, 2010|
|Reported:||April 15, 2010|
|Confirmed:||July 12, 2010|
President Barack Obama nominated Coleman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on February 24, 2010. She was one of several recommendations for the seat from Senator Dick Durbin.
Obama called Coleman one "of our nation’s best and brightest."
Judiciary Committee hearing
On July 12, 2010, the U.S. Senate voted 86-0 to confirm Coleman to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Allowing same-sex marriages early in Cook County (2014)United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Lee v. Orr, 13-cv-8719)
Judge Sharon Coleman was the presiding judge in case where a Cook County couple sued to be married before the law allowing gay marriage, in Illinois took effect on June 1, 2014. In November of 2013 the Illinois General Assembly passed a law that allowed same sex couples to marry in the State of Illinois. Illinois law states any law passed after May 31st does not go into effect until June 1st the following year. The plaintiffs in the case, Brenda Lee and Lee Edwards, initially sued the Cook County clerk's office to be able to marry in cases where one or both partners were terminally ill prior to the June 1, 2014 date. After being granted the right to married if terminally ill, the plaintiffs brought another case before the court asking that all gay and lesbian couples be afforded the right to marry before the June 1st enactment date. Their case focused on the unconstitutionality of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, if terminally ill couples marriage could be recognized then all should be recognized. On February 21, 2014, Judge Coleman ruled in favor of the couple allowing same sex marriages to proceed immediately in Cook County, Illinois. Since it was not covered in the ruling, couples wishing to covert their civil union into a marriage had to wait until the June 1st enactment date.
Judge vacates ruling on NSA surveillance evidence (2013)United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (U.S. v. Daoud, 1:12-cr-00723)
On September 1, 2013, Judge Coleman vacated her own ruling in a case involving constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In the underlying case, Adel Daoud, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen, was charged in a terrorism case after being accused of trying to detonate what he believed to be a bomb in downtown Chicago. Daoud was allegedly identified as a potential terrorist through an examination of his online footprint. Judge Coleman initially found on August 28, 2013, that because the government did not intend to use it at trial, federal prosecutors did not need to provide information as to whether its evidence against Daoud was based on data gleaned from the National Security Agency’s enhanced surveillance techniques. Days later, Judge Coleman changed course, reopening debate to “allow further examination” as to the nature of the government’s classified evidence against Daoud.
Awards and associations
- Recipient of a Woman of Excellence award from the Chicago Defender
- Served as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow
- Illinois Courts, "Judge Coleman Biography," accessed October 6, 2009
- Sharon Johnson Coleman Biography from the Federal Judicial Center, accessed December 18, 2013
- Durbin Press Release, "White House Nominates First Two to Fill Federal Judgeships in Northern District," February 24, 2010
- White House Press Release, "President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench," February 24, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Judicial Nomination Materials," accessed May 13, 2014
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting Notice," March 3, 2010
- Chicago Breaking News, "Senate endorses Illinois appellate judge to federal district court," July 12, 2010
- Lambdal Legal, "Lee v. Orr," accessed April 1, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Wedding bells in clerk's office after ruling on same sex marriage," February 21, 2014
- ABC 7 News, "Government wins major spy ruling in Chicago terror case," August 28, 2013
- Slate, "Government Internet Surveillance in Chicago Bomb-Plot Case Can Remain Secret, Judge Rules," August 29, 2013
- Associated Press, "Federal Judge Undoes Key Ruling on Surveillance Evidence," September 4, 2013
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Illinois
|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|