Halil Suleyman Ozerden

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Halil Suleyman Ozerden
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Assumed office
May 1, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by David C. Bramlette
Personal details
Born (1966-12-05) December 5, 1966 (age 49)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Alma mater Georgetown University (B.S.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)

Halil Suleyman "Sul" Ozerden (Turkish: Halil Süleyman Özerden) (born December 5, 1966), is a Turkish American federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He was nominated by George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by David C. Bramlette.


Ozerden was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He obtained his undergraduate education at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. Sul was also a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship student, serving as Battalion Executive Officer (1989). Upon receiving his commission as a Naval Officer, he completed United States Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, 1989–1990, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Ozerden also obtained his Juris Doctor in 1998 from Stanford Law School, and served as Associate Editor for the Stanford Law Review.

Professional career[edit]

Ozerden served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1995. His military service included: Naval Flight Officer/Bombardier-Navigator, A-6E Intruder; over 1,000 flight hours; Mission Commander qualified; two six-month Western Pacific deployments aboard the USS Kitty Hawk; Safety Department Head; Navy Commendation Medal for missions flown in Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) and Operation Southern Watch (Iraq); Navy Achievement Medal; and he was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Lieutenant (O-3).

Ozerden began his legal career as a law clerk for Federal District Judge Eldon Fallon for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1998 to 1999 and also served as a private practice attorney licensed in Mississippi from 1999 to 2007.

On the recommendation of the U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, President Bush nominated Ozerden to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi on January 8, 2007. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 95-0 on April 24, 2007.[1]


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