United States Sixth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following states:

6th Circuit  






Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Bernice B. Donald Sixth Circuit 9/8/2011 African-American Active Female
Damon J. Keith Sixth Circuit 10/21/1977 African-American Senior Status 5/1/95 Male
Eric L. Clay Sixth Circuit 8/1/1997 African-American Active Male
R. Guy Cole, Jr. Sixth Circuit 12/26/1995 African-American Active Male

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Judge Court Commission Race / Ethnicity Status Gender
Algenon Marbley Ohio (SD) 11/7/1997 African-American Active Male
Amul Roger Thapar Kentucky (ED) 1/4/2008 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Anna Diggs Taylor Michigan (ED) 11/2/1979 African-American Senior Status 12/31/98 Female
Benita Pearson Ohio (ND) 12/27/2010 African-American Active Female
Curtis Lynn Collier Tennessee (ED) 5/10/1995 African-American Senior Status 10/31/14 Male
Denise Page Hood Michigan (ED) 6/16/1994 African-American Active Female
Gershwin Allen Drain Michigan (ED) 8/8/2012 African-American Active Male
John T. Fowlkes, Jr. Tennessee (WD) 8/1/2012 African-American Active Male
Julian A. Cook, Jr. Michigan (ED) 9/23/1978 African-American Senior Status 12/30/96 Male
Linda Vivienne Parker Michigan (ED) 3/17/2014 African-American Active Female
Solomon Oliver, Jr.*** Ohio (ND) 5/9/1994 African-American Active Male
Victoria Roberts Michigan (ED) 6/29/1998 African-American Active Female
William Joseph Haynes, Jr. Tennessee (MD) 11/15/1999 African-American Senior Status 12/1/14 Male


CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District ± LGBT *** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2015.


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