Bernard A. Friedman

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Bernard A. Friedman
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Assumed office
January 1, 2009
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
June 16, 2004 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Lawrence Paul Zatkoff
Succeeded by Gerald Ellis Rosen
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
April 20, 1988 – January 1, 2009
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Edward DeMascio
Succeeded by Gershwin A. Drain
Personal details
Born Bernard A. Friedman
(1943-09-23) September 23, 1943 (age 74)
Detroit, Michigan
Education Detroit College of Law (J.D.)

Bernard A. Friedman (born September 23, 1943) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Friedman received a Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law) in 1968. He was in the United States Army, JAG Corps from 1967 to 1968, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He continued at this rank in the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps from 1968 to 1973. Friedman was a felony trial attorney of Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Michigan from 1969 to 1970. He was in private practice in Detroit from 1970 to 1974, and in Southfield, Michigan from 1974 to 1982. He was a judge on the 48th District Court, Michigan from 1982 to 1988.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On February 2, 1988, Friedman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by Judge Robert Edward DeMascio. Friedman was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 19, 1988, and received his commission on April 20, 1988. He served as Chief Judge from June 16, 2004 until he assumed senior status on January 1, 2009.[1] When he took senior status, he was replaced by Judge Gershwin A. Drain.[2]

Overturning Michigan's same-sex marriage ban[edit]

On March 21, 2014, Judge Friedman struck down Michigan's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage. As he did not immediately issue a stay on his ruling, more than three hundred marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples before the Sixth Circuit Court issued a stay on Friedman's ruling the next day, pending appeals. The federal government announced it would recognize the marriages that took place during the brief period it was legal.

On August 22, 2015, Judge Friedman presided over the wedding of the plaintiffs who he had originally ruled in favor of, after the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled two months earlier that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Edward DeMascio
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
1988–2009
Succeeded by
Gershwin A. Drain
Preceded by
Lawrence Paul Zatkoff
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Gerald Ellis Rosen