Todd M. Hughes
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit|
September 24, 2013
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||William Bryson|
|Born||November 1966 (age 47)
Delaware, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University
Todd Michael Hughes (born November 1966) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Hughes was born in November, 1966, in Delaware, Ohio. He graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. He earned both a Juris Doctorate with honors and an Master of Arts in English at a joint degree program at Duke University in 1992. He clerked for Robert B. Krupansky of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1994, he joined the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney. He was appointed Assistant Director for Commercial Litigation in 1999 and became Deputy Director in 2007, serving until 2013.
At the DOJ, Hughes handled matters of federal personnel law, veterans' benefits, international trade, government contracts, and jurisdictional issues regarding the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has extensive experience before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Federal Claims. Hughes has been awarded several special commendations from the DOJ and a special contribution award from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has taught at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Duke University's writing program.
On February 7, 2013, President Obama nominated Hughes to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to the seat vacated by Judge William Curtis Bryson who took senior status on January 7, 2013. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2013, and was reported to the floor of the Senate on July 18, 2013, by voice vote. The Senate confirmed his nomination on September 24, 2013, by a vote of 98 ayes to 0 nays. He received his commission on September 24, 2013. Hughes is the first openly gay judge on a federal circuit court. Obama previously nominated another gay lawyer, Edward C. DuMont, to the same court, but DuMont withdrew his name when it became clear that his nomination was not going to proceed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
- "Senate Roll Call". Senate.gov. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Scott, Dylan (24 September 2013). "Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Geidner, Chris (7 February 2013). "Obama Nominee Would Be First Out Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- Todd M. Hughes at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit