Gerald Ellis Rosen

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Gerald Ellis Rosen
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Assumed office
March 12 1990
Nominated by George H. W. Bush
Personal details
Born (1951-10-26) October 26, 1951 (age 63)
Chandler, Arizona, U.S.
Alma mater Kalamazoo College
George Washington University Law School

Gerald Ellis Rosen (born October 26, 1951 in Chandler, Arizona) is an American judge who was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in November 1989 and was invested in March 1990. He is currently the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Professional career[edit]

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Rosen was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. While at Miller Canfield, Judge Rosen was a trial lawyer, specializing in commercial, employment and constitutional litigation and litigated a number of important, high-profile cases.

Judge Rosen began his professional career in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Robert P. Griffin of Michigan. Judge Rosen served on Senator Griffin's staff in Washington for five years, from February 1974 through January 1979, during which time he was intimately involved in some of the most significant and challenging issues of the period. While serving as Senator Griffin's Legislative Assistant, Judge Rosen attended the George Washington University Law School at night, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in May 1979. (He is now a member of the Law School's Board of Advisors). Judge Rosen's undergraduate degree is from Kalamazoo College.

Judge Rosen has written and published articles for professional journals and the popular press on a wide range of issues, including civil procedure, evidence, due process, criminal law, labor law and legal advertising, as well as numerous other topics. He is also a co-author of Federal Civil Trials and Evidence, Federal Employment Litigation and Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence and is the Senior Editor of West Publishing Company's Michigan Practice Guide series. For five years prior to taking the Bench, Judge Rosen co-chaired the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1982, Judge Rosen was the Republican candidate for Congress in Michigan's 17th congressional district, losing to Congressman Sander Levin (D. Mi.).

For eighteen years, Judge Rosen has been an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Evidence at University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State University Law School, University of Detroit Law School and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Judge Rosen frequently lectures at continuing legal education seminars for both lawyers and State and Federal Judges. He has also lectured at numerous International conferences, and represented the United States government as part of the U.S. State Department's Rule of Law program in Moscow, Russia and Tbilisi, Georgia, consulting with legal scholars and judges from those nations on the draft of their constitutions and organization of their legal system. Most recently, he lectured to high-ranking Chinese Judges at the Supreme People's Court in Beijing, China and Egyptian judges in Cairo, as well as lecturing at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From 1995-2001, Judge Rosen served on the U.S. Judicial Conference's Committee on Criminal Law. As a member of that Committee, he was actively involved in developing sentencing and criminal law and procedure policy for the Judicial Branch of the US Government. Judge Rosen was also selected by his colleagues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Federal Judges Association.


Beyond his professional work, Judge Rosen is involved with several charitable and community organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Focus: HOPE and the Michigan Chapter of the Federalist Society.