Judge Cebull’s Mistake, Federal Judicial Nominations, and Tribal Courts

The flap over Judge Cebull’s email is controversial.

But Judge Cebull’s record as a tribal court judge raises a completely different question for me. How many federal court judges previously served as a tribal court judges? Does it help or hurt their nominations?

Sen. Leahy mentioned Judge Cebull’s record as a tribal court judge in passing, and in a positive light. See the hearing testimony in this PDF at page 45, the first page of the document.

Tribal court experience didn’t seem to help Arvo Mikkanen’s nomination, unfortunately.

Does anyone know about other examples?

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2 Responses to Judge Cebull’s Mistake, Federal Judicial Nominations, and Tribal Courts

  1. steve suagee says:

    Offhand I can’t think of any federal judges who have served as tribal court judges, but Justice Susan Owens of the Washington Supreme Court once served as Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, whose reservation is just west of Port Angeles, WA. Of course, she was elected and no Senators were allowed to prevent her from taking office (not that I’m necessaily a fan of judicial elections).

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