Susan H. Black

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Susan Black
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
August 12, 1992 – February 25, 2011
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Thomas Clark
Succeeded by Adalberto Jordan
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In office
1990–1992
Preceded by George Carr
Succeeded by John Moore
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In office
July 24, 1979 – August 12, 1992
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Henry Adams
Personal details
Born (1943-10-20) October 20, 1943 (age 71)
Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.
Alma mater Florida State University
University of Florida
University of Virginia

Susan Harrell Black (born October 20, 1943) is an American lawyer and federal judge. She currently sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit as a senior judge.

Black was born in Valdosta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1964 and her J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1967. Black was a high school teacher in Jacksonville, Florida from 1967 to 1968 and an attorney for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville from 1968 to 1969. From 1969 to 1972 she served as assistant state attorney in Jacksonville and from 1972 to 1973 she served as assistant general counsel for the City of Jacksonville.

Black was a judge in Duval County Court from 1973 to 1975 and was a judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties) from 1975 to 1979.

President Jimmy Carter nominated Black to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on May 22, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on July 23, 1979, she received her commission the next day. Black served as chief judge from 1990 to 1992. She received an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984

President George H. W. Bush nominated Black to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on March 10, 1992, to the seat vacated by Thomas Alonzo Clark. Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1992, she received her commission the next day and began serving on the court on September 3, 1992. On February 25, 2011, Black attained senior status.

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Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
1979–1992
Succeeded by
Henry Adams
Preceded by
George Carr
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
1990–1992
Succeeded by
John Moore
Preceded by
Thomas Clark
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1992–2011
Succeeded by
Adalberto Jordan