Joe Billy McDade
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Joe Billy McDade
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
|Assumed office |
February 28, 2010
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
|Preceded by||Michael M. Mihm|
|Succeeded by||Michael P. McCuskey|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois|
November 25, 1991 – February 28, 2010
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089|
|Succeeded by||Sara Lynn Darrow|
Joe Billy McDade
1937 (age 83–84)
|Education||Bradley University (BS, MS)|
University of Michigan Law School (JD)
Joe Billy McDade (born 1937) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, with chambers in Peoria, Illinois. He is the first judge of the newly created seat, and was appointed by President George H. W. Bush.
Education and career
Born in Bellville, Texas, McDade received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, with Honors, in 1959, and a Master of Science in Psychology in 1960, both from Bradley University. While at Bradley, McDade was part of the All-NIT Basketball Team in 1957 and 1959 as a member of the Bradley University NIT Championship team. He earned a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 1963.
McDade was a staff attorney in the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Chicago from 1963 to 1965. He was an executive trainee at the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Peoria, Illinois in 1965. He was executive director of the Greater Peoria Legal Aid Society from 1965 to 1968. He was in private practice in Peoria from 1968 to 1982: first as a partner in Hafele & McDade, P.C., until 1977, then in solo practice until his election as a state judge in 1982.
He was an Associate Circuit Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois, from 1982 to 1988, then a Circuit Judge, Tenth Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois, from 1988 to 1991.
McDade was nominated by President George H. W. Bush on September 11, 1991, to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, to a new "temporary" seat created by the Federal Judgeship Act of 1990, part of the Judicial Improvements Act of 1990 (Pub.L. 101–650, 104 Stat. 5089, enacted December 1, 1990); he was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 21, 1991, and received his commission on November 25, 1991. He served as Chief Judge of the court from 1998 to 2004. McDade took senior status on February 28, 2010. He has been a member of the Illinois State Bar Association General Assembly. As of 2020, he is the only judge appointed by a Republican president to the Central District of Illinois, and one of only two Republican appointees to serve on that court.
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- "Federal Practice - Back to Basics". Law.com CLE Center. New York City: Incisive Media US Properties, LLC. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- "An Interview with Judge Mary McDade". Peoria Woman. Peoria, Illinois: Central Illinois Business Publishers, Inc. March 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
- Joe Billy McDade at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Sara Lynn Darrow
Michael M. Mihm
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Michael P. McCuskey