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Wayne Andersen

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Wayne Andersen
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #8
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   11/18/1991 - 7/31/2010
Preceded by:   Stanley Roszkowski
Succeeded by:   Thomas M. Durkin
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:   Harvard University, 1967
Law School:   University of Illinois College of Law, 1970

Wayne R. Andersen is a former Article III federal judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Andersen retired on July 31, 2010.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Anderson attended Harvard and graduated in 1967. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois Law School in Champaign in 1970.[1]

Professional career

  • 1989-1991: Supervising Judge, Chicago Traffic Court, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1984-1991: Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • 1981-1984: Deputy secretary of state of Illinois, Office of Secretary of State Jim Edgar
  • 1972-1980: Attorney in private practice
  • 1970-1972: Administrative assistant, Majority Leader Henry Hyde, Illinois House of Representatives[1][2]

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Andersen was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President George H.W. Bush on July 24, 1991, to a seat vacated by Judge Stanley Roszkowski. Andersen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 15, 1991, and received commission on November 18, 1991. His service was terminated on July 31, 2010, due to retirement.[1]

Notable case

On March 5, 2010, Judge Andersen refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld allowed two security contractors under his supervision to engage in torture. The judge ruled that there was enough probable cause to warrant a trial after evidence presented in the complaint alone was more than enough in the judge's opinion to move the case forward.

The case was first filed in 2006 after two men filed a lawsuit after they were tortured by American forces while working for the contractors named in the case.[3]

Awards and associations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Member of the federal judges Association and the Illinois Judges Association
  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association and currently a member of its Board of Managers
  • Member of the Glenview Community Church (Affiliated With the United Church of Christ) 1997-Present
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Club of Chicago and currently an interviewer for the Harvard Club's Schools Committee interviewing high school students who apply to Harvard University[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Stanley Roszkowski
Northern District of Illinois
Seat #8
Succeeded by:
Thomas M. Durkin

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