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Susan Richard Nelson

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Susan Richard Nelson
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #7
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   12/21/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   James Rosenbaum
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   2000 - 2010
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Buffalo, NY
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.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

District of Minnesota

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Susan Richard Nelson
 Court:District of Minnesota
 Progress:Confirmed 240 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:April 21, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:May 13, 2010
ApprovedAReported:June 10, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed: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.[4] On April 21, 2010, Obama nominated Nelson to the court for the seat vacated by James Rosenbaum.[5] Nelson's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 2010.[2]

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."[6]

Nelson was unanimously rated Well Qualified by the American Bar Association.[7]

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."[8] 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.[2][9]

District of Montana magistrate judge

Nelson was a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.[10] She joined the court in 2000 and was reappointed on June 1, 2008.[11] She served in this position from June of 2000 until her confirmation to the federal bench.[2][4]

Notable cases

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.[12]

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.[13] Eller claims that the retirees were shoved out of the negotiation process to streamline the talks.[12]

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.[14]

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Preceded by:
James Rosenbaum
District of Minnesota
Seat #7
Succeeded by:

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