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Stephanie Thacker

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Stephanie Thacker
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Current Court Information:
Fourth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   4/16/2012 - Current
Preceded by:   Blane Michael
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Huntington, WV
Undergraduate:   Marshall U., B.A., 1987
Law School:   West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1990
Stephanie Dawn Thacker is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She joined the court in 2012 after an appointment from Barack Obama. At the time of appointment, Thacker was a partner at the firm Guthrie & Thomas PLLC, in Charleston, WV. [1] [2]

Federal court nomination

On September 8, 2011, Thacker was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama to the seat vacated by Blane Michael.[3] Obama commented on the appointment stating, "Stephanie Dawn Thacker has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her to serve the American people as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals. She will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the Fourth Circuit bench."[1]

She was rated Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified by the ABA. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on October 4, 2011 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire Available Here and her Questions for the Record Available Here.[4] She was unanimously endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, with a ringing endorsement from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who told the press, ""Ms. Thacker's wide-ranging expertise in civil and criminal matters, her impressive track record in the courtroom as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, and her outstanding academic accomplishments will make her a first-rate addition to the 4th Circuit. I am proud to call her a fellow West Virginian, and I am pleased that she has finally been confirmed."[5]

On Monday April 16, 2012, Stephanie Thacker was confirmed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. [6]

Early life and education

Thacker received a B.A. from Marshall University in 1987 and a juris doctorate degree from West Virginia University School of Law in 1990.[1]

Professional career

  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), Attorney1990-1992
  • King, Betts & Allen, Attorney 1992-1994
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia 1994-1999
  • Trial Attorney, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (“CEOS”) U.S. DOJ 1999-2006
  • Guthrie & Thomas PLLC, Partner 2006-Current [1]

See also

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