Susan Black

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Susan Black
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   8/12/1992 - 2/25/2011
Senior:   2/25/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Clark
Succeeded by:   Henry Adams
Past post:   Middle District of Florida
Past chief:   1990-1992
Past term:   1979-1992
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Valdosta, GA
Undergraduate:   Florida State U. '64
Law School:   University of Florida Law '67
Grad. School:   U. of Virginia Law '84

Susan Harrell Black is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. In February 2011, Black informed President Obama that she will take on senior status when a successor can be chosen.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Black obtained her bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1964, her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1967, and an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.[2]

Professional career

After obtaining her law degree, Black was an high school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 to 1968 before serving as an Attorney in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Jacksonville, Florida until 1969. Black was an assistant state attorney in Jacksonville, Florida from 1969 to 1972 and Assistant General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville, Florida until 1973. Black served as a Judge in the Duval County Court in Duval County, Florida until 1975 before serving as a Judge on the Circuit Court of Florida for the Fourth Judicial Circuit until 1979.[2]

Judicial career

Middle District of Florida

Black was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida by President Jimmy Carter on May 22, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629, which was approved by Congress. Black was confirmed by the Senate on July 23, 1979, and received commission on July 24, 1979. Black served as Chief Judge from 1990 to 1992.[2] Black was succeeded in this position by Henry Adams.

Eleventh Circuit

Black was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on March 10, 1992, to a seat vacated by Thomas Clark. Black was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1992, and received commission on August 12, 1992.[2][3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Middle District of Florida
Seat #7
Succeeded by:
Henry Adams
Preceded by:
Thomas Clark
Eleventh Circuit
Succeeded by:
Henry Adams