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William Haynes

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William Haynes
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
Title:   Former judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/15/1999-12/1/2014
Chief:   8/3/2012-12/1/2014
Senior:   12/1/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Higgins
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1984-1999
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Memphis, TN
Undergraduate:   College of St. Thomas, 1970
Law School:   Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1973

William Haynes is an Article III federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. He joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

On August 3, 2012, Haynes was elevated to the position of chief judge where he served until taking senior status.[1] Haynes assumed senior status on December 1, 2014.[2]

Education

A native of Memphis, Haynes graduated from the College of St. Thomas with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and from the Vanderbilt Univesity Law School in 1973.

Professional career

  • 1997-1998: Adjunct professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • 1987-1994: Adjunct professor, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • 1986-1990: Adjunct professor, Southeastern Paralegal Institute
  • 1984: Attorney in private practice
  • 1973-1984: Assistant attorney general, Tennessee
  • 1977-1978: Senior assistant attorney general[3]

Judicial career

Middle District of Tennessee

Haynes served 15 years as a federal magistrate judge from 1984 to 1999. On the recommendation of Congressman Bart Gordon, Haynes was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 27, 1999, to a seat vacated by Thomas Higgins as Higgins went on senior status. Haynes was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 10, 1999, on a voice vote and received commission on November 15, 1999.[4] Haynes sent President Barack Obama a letter of intent to assume senior status, effective December 1, 2014.[2]

Middle District of Tennessee, magistrate

Haynes served as a federal magistrate judge for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1984 to 1999.[3]

Notable cases

Nashville school re-zoning (2009)

     United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Spurlock et al v. Fox et al, 3:2009cv00756)

Judge Haynes on September 1, 2009, ruled against the Nashville Metro School District's new re-zoning plan after a student and her parent sued the district. Francis Spurlock and the NAACP sued the district over sending their daughter to John Early Middle School located in the suburbs that had lower test scores in what the civil rights organization called "a calculated attempt to re-segregate the schools." As part of the ruling, Spurlock's daughter remained at Bellevue Middle School.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Higgins
Middle District of Tennessee
1999–2014
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:
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