J. Michelle Childs
J. Michelle Childs
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina|
|Assumed office |
August 20, 2010
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||George Ross Anderson Jr.|
|Born||March 24, 1966|
|Education||University of South Florida (B.A.)|
University of South Carolina School of Law (M.A., J.D.)
Julianna Michelle Childs (born March 24, 1966), known professionally as J. Michelle Childs, is a South Carolina lawyer who is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Early life and education
Born in Detroit, Childs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991. Also in 1991, Childs earned a Master of Arts degree in personnel and employment relations from the University of South Carolina's business school (now known as the Moore School of Business).
From 1991 until 2000, Childs worked for the law firm Nexsen Pruet, LLC, of Columbia, South Carolina, first as a summer associate (1991) and then as an associate attorney (1992–1999). She became a partner at the firm in 2000. From 2000 until 2002, Childs served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Labor with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. From 2002 until 2006, Childs served as a commissioner on the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. In 2006, she became a circuit court judge in South Carolina, based in Columbia.
Federal judicial service
On December 22, 2009, President Obama nominated Childs to serve on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to fill the seat vacated by Judge George Ross Anderson Jr., who had taken senior status. Her nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010. She received her commission on August 20, 2010.
Law reform work
Childs was elected to the American Law Institute in 2010 and served as an Adviser on the Restatement Third, Employment Law, a decade-long project that is nearing completion and is expected to be published as an official text in early 2015. She also serves on an ALI Regional Advisory Group, helping to identify and recommend new members in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- President Obama Nominates Judge J. Michelle Childs, Richard Mark Gergel to District Court Bench for the District of South Carolina Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine, whitehouse.gov (December 22, 2009).
- "Childs, Julianna Michelle – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- John Monk, Columbians confirmed as federal judges, The State (August 7, 2010).
- "Restatement Third, Employment Law – List of Project Participants".
- J. Michelle Childs at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- J. Michelle Childs at Ballotpedia
George Ross Anderson Jr.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina