Alice M. Batchelder : biography
Alice Moore Batchelder (born August 15, 1944) is an American attorney and jurist. She currently is chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was considered by President George W. Bush as a potential nominee for a U.S. Supreme Court seat that ultimately went to Justice Samuel Alito. Her husband William G. Batchelder is a former state Court of Appeals judge and a state legislator, who has served more than 30 years in the Ohio House of Representatives and currently serves as Speaker of the House.
In 1983, Batchelder was appointed a judge of the United States bankruptcy court for the Northern District of Ohio. On February 28, 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed Batchelder to a new district judge position, created by 98 Stat. 333, on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 3 and received her commission on April 4. On June 12, 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Batchelder to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to the seat vacated by Frederick Pierce Lively. She was confirmed by the Senate on November 27 and received her commission on December 2. Batchelder's service on the district court position was officially terminated on January 4, 1992, due to her appointment to the court of appeals. On August 14, 2009, she became Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit.
Education and early career
Batchelder was born Alice Moore in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964, where she met her future husband, William G. Batchelder. Batchelder received her Juris Doctor (law degree) from the University of Akron School of Law in 1971, and her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Virginia in 1988.
Batchelder briefly taught English and had a private legal practice from 1971 to 1983 in Medina, Ohio, near Cleveland.
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