James F. Holderman
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
December 31, 2013 – June 1, 2015
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
|Preceded by||Charles P. Kocoras|
|Succeeded by||Ruben Castillo|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
April 4, 1985 – December 31, 2013
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 98 Stat. 333|
|Succeeded by||John Robert Blakey|
James F. Holderman
1946 (age 72–73)
|Education||University of Illinois (B.S.)|
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D.)
James F. Holderman (born 1946) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Early life, education, and career
Born in Joliet, Illinois on May 30, 1946, Holderman received a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science from the University of Illinois in 1968, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1971. He then worked as a law clerk to Judge Edward Joseph McManus of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa from 1971 to 1972. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, Illinois from 1972 to 1978. He was in private practice as a litigator in Chicago from 1978 to 1985.
Federal judicial service
On February 25, 1985, Holderman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received his commission on April 4, 1985. He served as Chief Judge from 2006 to 2013. Holderman assumed senior status on December 31, 2013. He retired from active service on June 1, 2015.
Removal from case
In July 2010 the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ordered him removed from a drug trial underway, concluding that he had shown "unreasonable fury" towards the prosecution, the second time in a decade he had been chastised by the Seventh Circuit for improper hostility towards the government.
Holderman enjoys teaching, and has taught classes at many Illinois law schools. He was an Adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1981 to 1983, and at Northwestern University School of Law from 1982 to 1984. He was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School from 1983 to 2000. Currently, he teaches as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (1986–present) and at the University of Illinois College of Law (1993–present).
Holderman is particularly interested in intellectual property litigation, and teaches trial advocacy courses focusing on patent, trade secret, and copyright cases. He also teaches courses related to international IP rights and enforcement.
- "Holderman, James F. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "Judge James F. Holderman".
- In re United States, 614 F.3d 661, 666 (7th Cir. 2010).
- "Judge removed from trial was hostile to prosecution, panel says".
- In re United States, 398 F.3d 615 (7th Cir. 2005) (per curiam).
- "Hon. James F. Holderman". JAMS. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
- "Laureates Inducted in 2017". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
- James F. Holderman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
John Robert Blakey
Charles P. Kocoras
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois