Halil Suleyman Ozerden
|Halil Suleyman Ozerden|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi|
May 1, 2007
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||David C. Bramlette|
December 5, 1966 |
|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.
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.