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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||01/08/2008 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Frank Bullock|
|Past post:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term:||1985 - 2007|
|Undergraduate:||Kansas U., 1981|
|Law School:||Notre Dame Law, 1984|
Thomas Schroeder is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He joined the court in 2008 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
Early life and education
- 1985-2007: Attorney in private practice, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- 1984-1985: Law clerk, Hon. George E. MacKinnon, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Middle District of North Carolina
On the recommendation of North Carolina U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, Schroeder was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina by President George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Frank Bullock. Schroeder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 14, 2007, on a Senate vote and received commission on January 8, 2008.
Judge refuses to halt North Carolina voter ID law (2014)
Finding it inappropriate for a federal judge to enjoin a law passed by elected representatives of the state, Judge Thomas Schroeder of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina declined to interfere with the implementation of a new election law in North Carolina. The League of Women Voters, the NAACP and other groups challenged the law in federal court, claiming it would suppress minority turnout at the polls. The groups asked for a trial to determine if the law violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or other federal law. The state's motion to dismiss was denied by Judge Schroeder, leaving open the possibility of a trial on the matter in 2015.
The law requires voters to show a government-issued ID, prohibits same-day voter registrations, scales back the early-voting period and ends a high school civics program encouraging students to register to vote as they near their 18th birthday. Supporters of the law claim that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud and to keep elections fair. The voter ID portion of the law does not take effect until the November 2016 election. Additionally, college IDs, even if issued by a state-run university, are insufficient as government identification.
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of Thomas D. Schroeder"
- The Robing Room, "Hon. Thomas D. Schroeder"
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of North Carolina
|Magistrate judges||Wallace Dixon • L. Patrick Auld • Joi Elizabeth Peake • Joe L. Webster •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|