Donald C. Coggins Jr.

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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.
Personal details
Born Donald Cecil Coggins Jr.
(1959-07-17) July 17, 1959 (age 59)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
Education 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.

Biography[edit]

Coggins was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 17, 1959.[1][2] 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.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Failed nomination to district court under Obama[edit]

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.[4] On June 21, 2016, a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on his nomination.[5] On July 14, 2016, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[6] His nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

Renomination to district court under Trump[edit]

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.[7] On November 16, 2017, his nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 96–0.[8] He received his judicial commission on November 20, 2017.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph Fletcher Anderson Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
2017–present
Incumbent