Susan Richard Nelson
|Susan Richard Nelson|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Minnesota|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||12/21/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||James Rosenbaum|
|Past post:||Magistrate Judge|
|Past term:||2000 - 2010|
|Undergraduate:||Oberlin College, B.A., 1974|
|Law School:||University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1978|
Susan Richard Nelson (b. 1952) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She was nominated to the court by Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2013.
Early life and education
Judge Nelson was born in 1952. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in 1974 and her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. She is married to Tom Nelson and they have two sons.
- 1984-2000: Private Practice, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1980-1983: Private Practice, Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn, New Haven, Connecticut
- 1978-1980: Private Practice, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
District of Minnesota
|Candidate:||Susan Richard Nelson|
|Court:||District of Minnesota|
|Progress:||Confirmed 240 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||April 21, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||May 13, 2010|
|Reported:||June 10, 2010|
|Confirmed:||December 17, 2010|
|Vote: Voice vote|
Nelson was recommended to President Obama for a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar on November 3, 2009. On April 21, 2010, Obama nominated Nelson to the court for the seat vacated by James Rosenbaum. Nelson's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2010.
Klobuchar said of the nomination: "I was honored to recommend Susan Richard Nelson to President Obama based on her unique depth and breadth of legal experience, and I’m pleased that the President officially nominated her today. Susan Richard Nelson has the integrity, intellect, and temperament to be an excellent federal judge. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will work hard to ensure her swift confirmation."
Judiciary Committee hearing
Nelson had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010. She was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar, who said she "has the judicial temperament, personal integrity, and keen legal mind that are absolute prerequisites for excellent judges." Nelson was reported by committee on June 10, 2010 and confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2010. Nelson then received commission on December 22.
District of Montana magistrate judge
Nelson was a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She joined the court in 2000 and was reappointed on June 1, 2008. She served in this position from June of 2000 until her confirmation to the federal bench.
Retired NFL players suit against NFLPA (2012)United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Eller v. National Football Association Player Association, Civil No. 11-2623 (SRN/JJG).)
Minnesota: Retired NFL players have filed with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to appeal the decision of US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to dismiss their suit against the NFL Players Association. The original suit was dismissed by Judge Nelson on May 29 in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Judge Nelson dismissed the original suit, ruling that the retired players had no legal right to the hundreds of millions of dollars in additional post-career benefits they claimed to have lost due to the lockout negotiations the previous year. In the decision, Judge Nelson wrote that she accepted the factual basis of the retirees’ claims, but disagreed that the current players had acted illegally during the negotiations.
The group is led by Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, and claim that retired players lost money during last summer’s collective bargaining negotiations between the NFLPA and team owners. Eller claims that the retirees were shoved out of the negotiation process to streamline the talks.
- News: Retired NFL players file appeal in suit dismissal, June 24, 2012
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- News Release "Klobuchar's Recommendation for Federal Judge Confirmed by U.S. Senate," December 18, 2010
- The Washington Post, "NFL lockout: Judge Susan Nelson has reputation as a master mediator," March 28, 2011
- Nelson Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., "Susan Richard Nelson Appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge," May 30, 2000
- Nelson Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- White House Press Release "President Obama Names Five to the United States District Court," April 21, 2010
- HometownSource "Klobuchar recommends Susan Richard Nelson for federal judge," Novmeber 3, 2009
- White House Press Release "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 4/21/10"
- HometownSource "President Obama nominates Susan Richard Nelson to federal court," April 22, 2010
- Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, Transcript: April 22, April 28 and May 13, 2010
- HomeTown Source "Klobuchar introduces Judge Nelson at judiciary confirmation hearing," May 13, 2010
- Project VoteSmart, Press Release: "Klobuchar's Recommendation for Federal Judge Confirmed by U.S. Senate," December 18, 2010
- Susan Richard Nelson page from the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, "The District of Minnesota Reappoints Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson," May 2, 2008
- ESPN "Retirees appeal dismissed lawsuit" June 21, 2012
- Fox News "Retirees' lawsuit against NFLPA dismissed" May 30, 2012
- SportingNews NFL "Retired players' lawsuit vs. NFLPA dismissed" May 29, 2012
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Minnesota
|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|