United States Seventh Circuit

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

7th 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
Ann Claire Williams Seventh Circuit 11/15/1999 African-American Active Female

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
Andrea R. Wood Illinois (ND) 10/15/2013 African-American Active Female
Blanche Manning Illinois (ND) 8/10/1994 African-American Senior Status 2/01/10 Female
Charles N. Clevert Wisconsin (ED) 7/29/1996 African-American Senior Status 10/31/12 Male
Edmond E. Chang Illinois (ND) 12/20/2010 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Joe Billy McDade Illinois (CD) 11/25/1991 African-American Senior Status 2/28/10 Male
John Z. Lee Illinois (ND) 5/8/2012 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Jorge Luis Alonso Illinois (ND) 12/19/2014 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Manish S. Shah Illinois (ND) 5/1/2014 Asian-American/
Pacific Islanders
Active Male
Rodolfo Lozano Indiana (ND) 2/26/1988 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 7/10/07 Male
Ronald A. Guzman Illinois (ND) 11/15/1999 Hispanic/Latino Senior Status 11/16/14 Male
Ruben Castillo*** Illinois (ND) 5/9/1994 Hispanic/Latino Active Male
Sara L. Ellis Illinois (ND) 10/8/2013 African-American Active Female
Sharon Johnson Coleman Illinois (ND) 7/13/2010 African-American Active Female
Staci Michelle Yandle ± Illinois (SD) 6/19/2014 African-American Active Female
Tanya Walton Pratt Indiana (SD) 6/15/2010 African-American Active Female


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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