Jean Constance Hamilton

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Jean Constance Hamilton (born November 12, 1945) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Hamilton received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1968, then a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1971, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1982. She was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 73. She was then an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1973 to 1978. She was corporate counsel to Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in St. Louis from 1978 to 1981.

In 1982, Hamilton became a Circuit judge for Missouri's Twenty-second Judicial Circuit, and in 1988, she was elevated to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. During her service as a state court judge, Hamilton was an adjunct professor, teaching at St. Louis University Law School from 1986 to 1987, and in 1989, and at Washington University School of Law from 1987 to 1992.

On August 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush nominated Hamilton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri vacated by John F. Nangle. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1990, and received her commission on October 1, 1990. She served as chief judge from 1995 to 2002. She took senior status on July 1, 2013.

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Preceded by
John Francis Nangle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
1990–2013
Succeeded by
Ronnie L. White