Jane Louise Kelly

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Jane Louise Kelly
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 25, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Michael Melloy
Personal details
Born 1964 (age 49–50)
Greencastle, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Duke University
Harvard University
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jane Louise Kelly (born 1964) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Biography[edit]

Kelly was born 1964 and raised in Greencastle, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1987, from Duke University. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1991, from Harvard Law School. One of her classmates at Harvard was Barack Obama. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Donald J. Porter of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. She then clerked for Judge David R. Hansen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She worked briefly as a visiting instructor at the University of Illinois College of Law while working on her LLM there, which she did not complete. She became an assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Iowa in 1994 and served as the Supervising Attorney in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa office from 1999 to 2013.[1][2]

Court of Appeals service[edit]

On January 31, 2013, President Obama nominated Kelly to serve as a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, to the seat vacated by Judge Michael Joseph Melloy who took senior status on February 1, 2013. Her nomination was reported on a voice vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 22, 2013.[3] The Senate confirmed Kelly in a 96-0 vote on April 24, 2013.[4] She received her commission on April 25, 2013.

Kelly has been mentioned as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court.[5][6][7]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Michael Melloy
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2013–present
Incumbent