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:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2T
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/15/1999 - Present
Chief:   8/3/2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Thomas Higgins
Past post:   Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1984 - 1999
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Memphis, Tennessee
Undergraduate:   College of St. Thomas, B.A., 1970
Law School:   Vanderbilt U. School of Law, J.D., 1973

William Haynes is an Article III federal judge 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.[1]

Early life and 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

Haynes started out his legal career in the Tennessee State Attorney General's Office from 1973 to 1984 as an Assistant state attorney general from 1973 to 1977. Haynes was also a Senior state assistant general from 1977 to 1978 and a Deputy state attorney general from 1978 to 1984. Before being appointed to the Federal Bench in 1984, Haynes was a Private practice Attorney in Nashville. Also, Haynes has been an part-time professor for the Southeastern Paralegal Institute from 1986 to 1990 and for the Vanderbilt University School of Law from 1987 to 1994 and 1997 to 1998.[2]

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 senate vote and received commission on November 15, 1999.[3] Haynes sent President Barack Obama a letter of intent to retire, his retirement would be effective December 1, 2014 pending an appointment to replace him.[4]

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.[5] 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."[5] 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
Seat #2T
Succeeded by:

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