Charles E. Erdmann

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Charles E. Erdmann
Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Preceded by Eugene R. Sullivan
Personal details
Born 26 June 1946
Nationality United States
Spouse(s) Renee Jacques
Children 4
Alma mater Montana State University
University of Montana
Occupation Judge
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Montana Air National Guard
Years of service 1966 - 1969
1981 - 2002
Rank Colonel
Unit Judge Advocate General's Corps

Charles E. "Chip" Erdmann (born 26 June 1946) is a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.[1] His term began on 15 October 2002 and will end on 30 September 2017.[2]

Legal Career[edit]

Erdmann attended Montana State University and the University of Montana School of Law, graduating in 1972 and 1975 respectively. His college years were interrupted by three years of enlisted service in the United States Marine Corps (from 1967-1970).[3]

From 1975-1976, he served as an Assistant State Attorney General in the Montana Department of Justice. He quickly established himself in the Montana legal community, becoming Chief Counsel in the Auditor's Office in 1976, Chief Staff Attorney of the Antitrust Bureau in 1980, Chief of the Montana Medicaid Fraud Bureau also in 1980, and General Counsel of the Montana School Boards Association in 1982.[3]

In 1986, he opened his own private practice in Helena and also served as a JAG Officer in the Montana Air National Guard from 1981 to 2002 (when he retired as a Colonel).[2]

Judicial Career[edit]

In 1995, he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court. He left in 1998 to become a Judicial Reform Coordinator in the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He soon became the head of the Human Rights and Rule of Law department, helping to reform the region's judicial system through several anti-corruption measures. In 2000, he became Chief Judge of the Bosnian Election Court. He served for only one year, at which point he became an independent consultant in Bosnia.[2]

In 2002, Erdmann was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces by President George W. Bush.


  1. ^ USCAAF | Clerkship Opportunities | Judge Erdmann
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ a b Joint Committee on Printing, United States Congress. Official Congressional Directory, 2005-2006, 109th Congress, Convened January 4, 2005. p. 866
Government offices
Preceded by
Eugene R. Sullivan
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Circuit Judge

Succeeded by