Daniel Anthony Manion

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Daniel Manion
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Assumed office
December 18, 2007
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
July 24, 1986 – December 18, 2007
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Wilbur Pell
Succeeded by John Tinder
Personal details
Born (1942-02-01) February 1, 1942 (age 72)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Indiana University, Indianapolis

Daniel Anthony Manion (born February 1, 1942) is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit,[1] with chambers in South Bend, Indiana.[2]

Education and early career[edit]

Manion received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1964.[1] His father, Clarence Manion, was dean of Notre Dame Law School and a founding member of the John Birch Society.[3] At Notre Dame, Daniel Manion was a participant in the Bengal Bouts.[4] Following graduation, Manion served in the Army in the Vietnam War.[1] He was appointed the Director of Industrial Development for the Indiana Department of Commerce in 1968.[1] While serving in this position, Manion attended night school at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1973.[1] After a brief stint in the state attorney general's office, Manion entered the private practice of law, where he remained until his confirmation.[1] He also served as an Indiana state senator from 1978 to 1982.[1]

Nomination and judicial career[edit]

On February 21, 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Manion for the bench, to a seat vacated by Wilbur Frank Pell, Jr.. In a radio address to the nation, Reagan stated, "I know [Manion] to be a person who has the ability and determination to become the kind of judge the American people want in the Federal courts; one who believes in the rule of law, who reveres the Constitution, and whose sense of fairness and justice is above reproach."[5]

The nomination was controversial,[3] but Manion was confirmed on June 26, 1986,[3][1] and received his commission on July 24, 1986.[1]

Manion assumed senior status on December 18, 2007,[1] but continues to hear cases regularly.

Notable decisions[edit]

  • Vance v. Rumsfeld, 653 F.3d 591, 627 (7th Cir. 2011). (Manion, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part)
(Disagreeing that Bivens remedy was available for alleged torture of detainees by American military personnel in war zone in the absence of Congressional authorization and expressing "serious reservations" about the majority’s holding that Secretary Rumsfeld may be held personally liable for the alleged actions of his subordinates under the plaintiffs' allegation)
  • Sherman ex. rel. Sherman v. Koch, 623 F.3d 501 (7th Cir. 2010).
(Upholding Illinois "moment of silence" law)
  • Books & Suetkamp v. City of Elkhart, 235 F.3d 292, 311 (7th Cir. 2000). (Manion, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part)
(Disagreeing that application of Lemon test compelled removal of Ten Commandments from near City Hall)

Notable former law clerks[edit]

  • Steve Dillard, Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Len Munsil, former candidate for governor of Arizona
  • Tammy D. McCutchen, former Administrator, Wage & Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor

Personal life[edit]

Manion is married to Ann Manion, President of the Women's Care Center, and has four children.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Manion, Daniel Anthony". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Senate reaffirms Daniel Manion as judge, 50-49". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 24 July 1986. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.nd.edu/~ndbizmag/winter2006/RaySiegfried_web.shtml
  5. ^ "Radio Address to the Nation on the Federal Judiciary". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Wilbur Pell
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Succeeded by
John Tinder