Donald C. Coggins Jr.
|Donald C. Coggins Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina|
Assumed office |
November 20, 2017
|Appointed by||Donald Trump|
|Preceded by||Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr.|
Donald Cecil Coggins Jr.|
July 17, 1959
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
Clemson University, (BA)|
University of South Carolina School of Law, (JD)
Donald Cecil Coggins Jr. (born July 17, 1959) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Coggins was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 17, 1959. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from Clemson University. He received a Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Cummings and Smith, where he was employed from 1984 to 1986. He became a named partner at the successor firms of Cummings, Smith and Coggins from 1986 to 1993 and Smith and Coggins from 1993 to 2000. From 2000 to 2017, he was a shareholder at the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. (formerly Harrison, White, Smith, Hayes & Coggins, P.C.), where his practice focused on civil litigation. From 2010 to 2013, he was the firm's managing shareholder. Coggins also served as a member of the South Carolina Commission on Lawyer Conduct, a position he held from 2003 to 2017.
Federal judicial service
Failed nomination to district court under Obama
On February 25, 2016, President Obama nominated Coggins to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to the seat vacated by Judge Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr., who took senior status on November 16, 2014. On June 21, 2016, a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on his nomination. On July 14, 2016, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. His nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.
Renomination to district court under Trump
On August 3, 2017, President Trump renominated Coggins to the same seat. His nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote on September 14, 2017. On November 16, 2017, his nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 96–0. He received his judicial commission on November 20, 2017.
- Biography at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C.
- Profile at martindale.com
- "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Court" White House, February 25, 2016
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate" White House, February 25, 2016
- Nominations for June 21, 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – July 14, 2016, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 14, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee
- U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 1st Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 280, United States Senate, November 16, 2017
- Donald C. Coggins Jr. at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Donald Coggins Jr. at Ballotpedia
Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
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