Matthew F. Kennelly

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Matthew F. Kennelly
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 22, 1999
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Paul Edward Plunkett
Personal details
Born (1956-10-06) October 6, 1956 (age 58)
Marion, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Harvard Law School

Matthew F. Kennelly (born October 6, 1956) is a federal district court judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Background[edit]

Kennelly was born in 1956 in Marion, Indiana. He graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1978 and Harvard Law School in 1981, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He was appointed as a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1999 by President Bill Clinton.

Professional career[edit]

He served in private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1981–1982. He served as a Law clerk for the Hon. Prentice Marshall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1982–1984. He reentered private practice in 1984 and served in that capacity until his appointment to the federal bench in 1999.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On January 26, 1999, Bill Clinton nominated Kennelly to be a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to a seat vacated by Paul E. Plunkett. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 15, 1999, and received his commission on April 22, 1999.

Notable rulings[edit]

He gained widespread attention when he presiding over the case of ACLU v. AT&T in 2006,[1] "a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of author Studs Terkel and other activists who said their constitutional rights were violated because of an NSA program of gathering phone company records." See NSA Wiretapping.

The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T to confirm or deny whether it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government's intelligence activities.

Judge Kennelly ruled that Terkel and the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit did not show that their particular records were seen by the government; therefore, they had no standing in suing the government.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Paul Edward Plunkett
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1999–present
Incumbent