Keith P. Ellison

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Keith P. Ellison
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Assumed office
July 7, 1999
Nominated by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Norman William Black
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 64–65)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Nationality United States
Alma mater Harvard University
Magdalen College, Oxford
Yale Law School

Keith P. Ellison (born 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. His chambers are in Houston, Texas.

Educated first at Harvard College, from which he received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1972, Ellison was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford where he studied at Magdalen College, receiving a second B.A. in 1974. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1976.

After graduating from Yale, he clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the Supreme Court during the October 1977 term, before entering private practice in Houston, Texas.

On January 26, 1999, Ellison was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated by Norman W. Black. Ellison was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 1999, and received his commission on July 7, 1999. His chambers were in Laredo, Texas, until 2005 when his duty station transferred to Houston.

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