History of the Federal Judiciary

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Kelly, Jane Louise
Born 1964 in Greencastle, IN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 31, 2013, to a seat vacated by Michael Joseph Melloy. Confirmed by the Senate on April 24, 2013, and received commission on April 25, 2013.

Duke University, B.A., 1987
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1991

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Donald J. Porter, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 1991-1992
Law clerk, Hon. David R. Hansen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1992-1993
Visiting instructor, University of Illinois College of Law, 1993-1994
Assistant federal public defender, Northern District of Iowa, 1994-2013; supervising attorney, 1999-2013


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