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Sue Robinson

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Sue Robinson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   Wilmington, DE
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   11/18/1991 - Present
Chief:   2000 - 2007
Preceded by:   Jane Roth
Past post:   District Court for the District of Delaware, Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1988 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Mount Carmel, IL
Undergraduate:   University of Delaware, B.A., 1974
Law School:   University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1978
Sue L. Robinson (b. 1952) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She joined the court in 1991 after an appointment by George H.W. Bush. At the time of her appointment, Singal was a magistrate judge for District Court for the District of Delaware. She served as chief judge of the court from 2000-2007.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Mount Carmel, Illinois, Robinson graduated from the University of Delaware with her bachelor's degree in 1974 and later from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with her Juris Doctor, J.D., degree in 1978.[2]

Professional career

Robinson was a private practice attorney in Delaware from 1978 to 1983 before serving as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Delaware in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1983 to 1988.[2]

Judicial career

Magistrate, District of Delaware

Robinson was a Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware from 1988 to 1991.[2]

District of Delaware

On the recommendation of Delaware U.S. Senator William Roth, Jr., Robinson was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware by President George H.W. Bush on October 1, 1991 to a seat vacated by Jane Roth. Robinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 15, 1991 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 18, 1991. Robinson served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2000 to 2007.[3]

Notable cases

Delaware River dredging case (2009-2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Judge Robinson presided in the case of the required dredging of the Delaware River. On December 9, 2009, the judge found that the State of Delaware was not granted an injunction to block the Army Corps of Engineers to begin the dredging of the Delaware River. The judge criticized the State for using stall tactics to block a project, according to the ruling, that was supposed to begin in 2004.[4] On January 27, 2010, Judge Robinson denied an injunction from the State of Delaware from requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to get permits from the state in order to deepen a channel in the Delaware River which is part of a dredging project. The State wanted a permit process to examine environmental impacts, but the judge denied the injunction on the basis of a 1992 law passed by Congress that would allow for the dredging project to happen.[5][6]

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Preceded by:
Jane Roth
District of Delaware
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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