Kenneth Francis Ripple

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Kenneth Ripple
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
May 10, 1985 – September 1, 2008
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by David Hamilton
Personal details
Born (1943-05-19) May 19, 1943 (age 73)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Fordham University (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)
George Washington University (LLM)

Kenneth Francis Ripple (born May 19, 1943) is a senior circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He received an A.B. degree from Fordham University in 1965, his law degree from University of Virginia School of Law in 1968, and an advanced legal degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1972. .

Ripple began his career as an officer in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1972, he became legal officer for the United States Supreme Court and, one year later, became special assistant to the Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. In 1977, Ripple entered private practice, where he spent eight years before joining the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame.

Ripple was nominated by Ronald Reagan on April 1, 1985, to a new seat on the Seventh Circuit. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 3, 1985.

Ripple has authored numerous books and articles on constitutional litigation, judicial decision-making and a wide variety of other legal topics. A member of the Virginia, New York, Indiana and District of Columbia Bars, Ripple has the distinction of serving on the American delegation to the 1980 Anglo-American Judicial Exchange. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and has chaired the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules of Procedure.

Ripple continues to hold a position as professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, teaching Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, and a Judicial Process Seminar.

Ripple took senior status on September 1, 2008.[1]

On November 21, 2016, Judge Ripple, joined by District Judge Barbara Brandriff Crabb found that the high number of wasted votes created by the 2011 Wisconsin State Assembly redistricting was unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering, over dissent by District Judge William C. Griesbach.[2]



Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Succeeded by
David Hamilton