Kevin Michael Moore
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|
July 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Federico A. Moreno|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|
February 10, 1992
|Nominated by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Eugene P. Spellman|
|Born||1951 (age 65–66)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Florida State University
Fordham University School of Law
Kevin Michael Moore (born 1951) is an American lawyer and judge. He is currently the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Early life and education
Moore was born in 1951 in Coral Gables, Florida, the fifth of seven children, to Thomas Francis Moore, Jr. and Janet Fay Moore. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1972 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1976.
Moore served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 1976 to 1981, as supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida from 1981 to 1982, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida from 1983 to 1987. Moore served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida from 1987 to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, Moore served as director of the United States Marshals Service at the Department of Justice.
Moore was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on October 4, 1991 to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, to the seat vacated by Eugene P. Spellman. Confirmed by the Senate on February 6, 1992, and received commission on February 10, 1992.
On March 21, 2000, Moore issued a fifty-page ruling declaring that only U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno could grant political asylum to keep 7-year-old Cuban rafter survivor Elian Gonzalez in the United States. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Moore has overseen other high profile cases, including the prosecution of the notorious Miami drug gang the "Boobie Boys," the sentencing of Sandra Avila Beltran, the "Queen of the Pacific," to seventy months imprisonment for her role in a conspiracy to import cocaine to the United States, and the first trial conviction of a synthetic marijuana distributor in South Florida.
Moore became Chief Judge on July 1, 2014.
- Kevin Michael Moore at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Federico A. Moreno
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Eugene P. Spellman
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida