Julius N. Richardson

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Jay Richardson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
August 20, 2018
Appointed by Donald Trump
Preceded by Dennis Shedd
Personal details
Born (1976-10-26) October 26, 1976 (age 41)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Relations Julius B. Ness (grandfather)
Education Vanderbilt University (BS)
University of Chicago Law School (JD)

Julius Ness "Jay" Richardson (born October 26, 1976) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

Early life and career[edit]

Richardson earned his Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University and his Juris Doctor, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as articles editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. After graduating from law school, Richardson served as a law clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist. Richardson then worked for three years at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, where he handled complex civil litigation. In 2009, he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where he prosecuted criminal cases and was Deputy Criminal Chief before becoming a judge. Richardson notably prosecuted the mass murderer Dylann Roof for his actions during the Charleston church shooting.[1][2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On April 26, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Richardson to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[1] On May 7, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. He was nominated to the seat vacated by Judge Dennis Shedd, who assumed senior status on January 30, 2018.[4] On June 20, 2018 a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] On July 19, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 20–1 vote.[6] On August 16, 2018, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on Richardson's nomination by a vote of 80–10.[7] On August 16, 2018, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 81–8.[8] He received his judicial commission on August 20, 2018.

Memberships[edit]

Richardson has been a member of the Federalist Society since approximately 2017.[9]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Dennis Shedd
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2018–present
Incumbent