Thomas Varlan

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Thomas Varlan
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/14/2003 - Present
Chief:   10/8/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Leon Jordan
Personal History
Born:   1956
Hometown:   Oak Ridge, TN
Undergraduate:   University of Tennessee, B.A., 1978
Law School:   Vanderbilt U. School of Law, J.D., 1981

Thomas Varlan is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

On October 8, 2012, Varlan became chief judge of the court.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

A native of Tennessee, Varlan graduated from the University of Tennessee with his bachelor's degree in 1978 and later graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1981.[4]

Professional career

Varlan started out as a private practice attorney in Atlanta from 1981 to 1987 and became Law director for the City of Knoxville from 1988 to 1998 and later entered inrto Private practice, Knoxville from 1998 till 2003 when Varlan was appointed to the Federal Bench.[4]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Tennessee

On the recommendation of Senators Fred Thompson and Bill Frist, Varlan was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003 to a seat vacated by Robert Leon Jordan as Jordan went on senior status. Varlan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2003 on a Senate Vote and received commission on March 14, 2003.[4]

Notable cases

Confederate flag case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Defoe v. Spiva et al, 3:06-cv-00450)

Judge Varlan on August 20, 2009, ruled against a former Tennessee high school student who sued Anderson County School District administrators over the right to wear clothing bearing the confederate flag.

The judge found no evidence that a similar ruling in Blount County, Tennessee over the confederate flag ruled that school administrators were correct to suspend the student over fears of disruption in the classroom.

The case that got thrown out was the second trial in the case, the first case in 2006 involving the same student ended in a hung jury.[5]

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References

Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Leon Jordan
Eastern District of Tennessee
2003–Current
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
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