J. Michelle Childs
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina|
August 20, 2010
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||George Anderson|
March 24, 1966 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of South Florida, Tampa
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Julianna Michelle Childs (born March 24, 1966), known professionally as J. Michelle Childs, is an American lawyer and judge in South Carolina who is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Early life and education
Born in Detroit, Childs earned a bachelor's degree in 1988 from the University of South Florida and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991. Also in 1991, Childs earned a master's degree in personnel and employment relations from the University of South Carolina's business school (now known as the Moore School of Business).
From 1991 until 2000, Childs worked for the Columbia, South Carolina law firm Nexsen Pruet, LLC, first as a summer associate (1991) and then as an associate attorney (1992–1999). She became a partner at the firm in 2000.
From 2000 until 2002, Childs served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Labor with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. From 2002 until 2006, Childs served as a commissioner on the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. In 2006, she became a circuit court judge in South Carolina, based in Columbia.
Federal judicial service
On December 22, 2009, President Obama nominated Childs to serve on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to fill the seat vacated by Judge George Ross Anderson, Jr., who had taken senior status. Her nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010. She received her commission on August 20, 2010.
Law Reform Work
Childs was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010 and served as an Adviser on the Restatement Third, Employment Law, a decade-long project that is nearing completion and is expected to be published as an official text in early 2015. She also serves on an ALI Regional Advisory Group, helping to identify and recommend new members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- President Obama Nominates Judge J. Michelle Childs, Richard Mark Gergel to District Court Bench for the District of South Carolina, whitehouse.gov (December 22, 2009).
- John Monk, Columbians confirmed as federal judges, The State (August 7, 2010).
- Restatement Third, Employment Law - List of Project Participants
- J. Michelle Childs at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina