Eric L. Clay
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|Eric Lee Clay|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit|
August 1, 1997
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Ralph B. Guy, Jr.|
|Born||Eric Lee Clay
January 18, 1948
Durham, North Carolina
|Education||University of North Carolina (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Eric Lee Clay (born January 18, 1948) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Early life, education and legal training
Born in Durham, North Carolina, Clay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1972 from Yale Law School, where he was a classmate of future president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Clay clerked for United States District Judge Damon Keith from June 1972 until June 1973.
Clay worked as a lawyer in private practice in Detroit, Michigan from 1973 until 1997. He was a partner and co-founder of Lewis, White & Clay, which was considered to be one of the nation's leading black-owned law firms. In addition, he also served on the executive board of the Clinton-Gore finance committee for Michigan in 1992. Lewis, Clay's law partner, was the husband of Kathleen McCree Lewis, a Clinton nominee to the Sixth Circuit who was never confirmed.
Federal judicial service
On March 6, 1996, President Bill Clinton nominated Clay to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated by Judge Ralph B. Guy, Jr. The United States Senate Judiciary Committee approved Clay's nomination in 1996, but the United States Senate adjourned in 1996 prior to the presidential election without taking a full confirmation vote. Clinton renominated Clay on January 7, 1997. Clay was unanimously confirmed by the full Senate in a voice vote on July 31, 1997, and received his commission on August 1, 1997.
Ralph B. Guy, Jr.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit