Carolyn Dineen King
|Carolyn Dineen King|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
July 13, 1979 – December 31, 2013
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
January 16, 1999 – January 30, 2006
|Preceded by||Henry Politz|
|Succeeded by||Edith Jones|
January 30, 1938 |
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Smith College
Yale Law School
Carolyn Dineen King (born January 30, 1938, Syracuse, New York) is a Senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Her chambers are in Houston, Texas.
Education and legal practice
After the United States Attorney's office in Houston denied her a position as an Assistant United States Attorney—she believes it was because she was a woman—she joined Fulbright & Jaworski as a corporate and securities lawyer. From 1962 to 1979, she was in private practice in Houston.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the Fifth Circuit, where she has written over 4400 opinions. In 1999, King became the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit, a position that she held until 2006.
Judge King assumed senior status on December 31, 2013.
Honors and awards
In 2007, Judge King received the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award from the American Judicature Society. King is also a 1997 recipient of the Smith College Medal and the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award.
Judge King served under the name "Carolyn Dineen Randall" from 1979 to 1988. She is married to senior Fifth Circuit Judge Thomas Morrow Reavley.
- Oral History of Carolyn Dineen King
- Judge Carolyn Dineen King Honored with Devitt Award
- Smith College Medal - List of Recipients
- ABA Margaret Brent Award - List of Past Honorees
- American Law Institute - Council bios - Carolyn Dineen King
- Death Sentences in Texas Cases Try Supreme Court's Patience, The New York Times.
- Carolyn Dineen King at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|New seat||Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit