Vicki Miles-LaGrange

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Vicki Miles-LaGrange
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Station:   Oklahoma City
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/28/1994 - Present
Chief:   2008 - Present (WOK)
Preceded by:   Lee West
Personal History
Born:   1953
Hometown:   Oklahoma City, OK
Undergraduate:   Vassar College, B.A., 1974
Law School:   Howard U. Law, J.D., 1977
Vicki Miles-LaGrange is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton and began serving as Chief Judge in 2008. Prior to appointment, she was a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.[1]

Early life and education

A native Oklahoman, Miles-LaGrange attended the University of Ghana and later graduated with her bachelor's degree in 1974 from Vassar College. Miles-LaGrange later graduated from Howard University Law School in Washington, DC in 1977.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Western District of Oklahoma

Miles-LaGrange was nominated by President Bill Clinton on September 22, 1994 to a seat vacated by Lee West who went on senior status. Miles-LaGrange was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 1994 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 28, 1994. Miles-LaGrange began serving as Chief Judge of the court in 2008.[1]

Awards and associations

Notable cases

Islamic Sharia law (2012-2013)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Awad v. Ziriax et al, 5:2010cv01186)

Following the general election in 2010, Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order blocking certification of the election results for an Oklahoma ballot measure banning the use of Islamic Sharia law.

State Question 755 passed overwhelmingly with 70.08% of the vote on November 2, 2010.[2] The vote supporting it would have prevented state courts from using international law, and Islamic Sharia law, when deciding on a case.[3]

Muneer Awad, a Georgian representing the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), filed suit against the law on the basis of its constitutionality. Miles-LaGrange agreed with CAIR and declared the law unconstitutional. On January 10, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the law favored by voters violated the United States Constitution.[4][2][5]

In August of 2013, Judge Miles-LaGrange made the injunction permanent. In her order she stated:

Because the Court has found that the Sharia law provisions of the amendment are unconstitutional, the court finds that the balance of harms weighs even more in favor of plaintiffs' having their constitutional rights protected.[6][7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lee West
Western District of Oklahoma
1994–Current
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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