History of the Federal Judiciary

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Donald, Bernice Bouie
Born 1951 in Desoto County, MS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Nominated by William J. Clinton on December 7, 1995, to a seat vacated by Odell Horton. Confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 1995, and received commission on December 26, 1995. Service terminated on September 8, 2011, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 5, 2011, to a seat vacated by Ronald Lee Gilman. Confirmed by the Senate on September 6, 2011, and received commission on September 8, 2011.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Tennessee, 1988-1995

Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), B.A., 1974
Memphis State Univ. College of Law (now Univ. of Memphis, Humphreys Sch. of Law), J.D., 1979

Professional Career:
Private practice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1979-1980
Staff attorney, Employment Law & Economic Development Unit, Memphis [Tennessee] Area Legal Services, 1980
Assistant public defender, Shelby County, Tennessee, 1980-82
Adjunct professor, Shelby State Community College, 1981-1984
Judge, Tennessee General Sessions Criminal Court, 1982-1988
Adjunct professor, University of Memphis School of Law, 1985-1988

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, December 1, 2010; no Senate vote


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