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Thomas Hogan
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   D.C.
Alternative court:   United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Alternative term:   5/18/2009-5/18/2016
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   8/20/1982-5/1/2008
Chief:   2001-2008
Senior:   5/1/2008-Present
Preceded by:   William Bryant
Succeeded by:   James E. Boasberg
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate:   Georgetown University, 1960
Law School:   Georgetown Law School, 1966

Thomas Francis Hogan is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Hogan is serving on senior status. Hogan also serves on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. His term runs from May 18, 2009 until May 18, 2016.[1]


Hogan graduated from Georgetown University with his bachelor's degree in 1960 and from Georgetown Law with his J.D. degree in 1966.[2]

Professional career

  • 1986-1992: Assistant Professor,Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1968-1982: Attorney, private practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • 1977-1979: Assistant Professor, Potomac School of Law
  • 1967-1968: Counsel, Federal Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws
  • 1966-1967: Law clerk, Judge William B. Jones[2]

Judicial career

Hogan was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Ronald Reagan on August 10, 1982, to a seat vacated by Judge William Bryant. Hogan was confirmed by the Senate on August 20, 1982, and received commission on August 20, 1982. Hogan served as the chief judge of the court from 2001 to 2008 and assumed senior status on May 1, 2008.[2]

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Hogan also concurrently serves on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He was appointed on May 18, 2009 and his term will end on May 18, 2016.[1]

Judicial pay dispute

Hogan was one of eight judges pressing a claim that Congress violated the Constitution's compensation clause by failing to honor promised judicial salary increases in five separate years. The case was thrown out on October 16, 2009, but the group of judges appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.[3]

Awards and associations

Notable cases

Adrian Fenty contempt case (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (LASHAWN A. v. ADRIAN M. FENTY, No. 89-cv-17S4(TFH))

Judge Hogan was the presiding judge in a long-standing case over Washington, D.C.'s handling of its child welfare agency. On April 6, 2010, Judge Hogan found Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in contempt of court after ruling that the city did not improve its handling of abused and neglected children. The Attorney General for the District of Columbia appealed the ruling to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.[6] Judge Hogan's ruling was affirmed in February 2011.[7]

Ruling on Guantanamo Bay detainee (2010)

     United States District Court for the District of Columbia (SUHAIL ABDU ANAM v. BARACK H. OBAMA, Civil Action No. 04-1194(TFH))

In January 2010, Hogan attracted national attention when he tossed out most of the government's evidence against Musa'ab Omar Al Madhwani, a terrorism detainee, on the grounds his confessions were coerced before he became a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held in Afghanistan.[8]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Bryant
District Court for D.C.
Succeeded by:
James E. Boasberg
Preceded by:
Robert Broomfield
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Succeeded by:

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