Robert Hardy Cleland

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Robert Hardy Cleland (born April 26, 1947) is a Senior United States District Judge.

Born in St. Clair, Michigan, Cleland received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1972. He was in private practice in Port Huron, Michigan from 1972 to 1975. He was a county Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Port Huron from 1972 to 1980, serving as Chief Assistant from 1977 to 1980. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Saint Clair County, Michigan in 1980, and was re-elected twice, serving in that position from 1981 to 1990.

On February 20, 1990, Cleland was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by James Paul Churchill. Cleland was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 18, 1990, and received his commission on June 19, 1990. He took senior status on February 28, 2013.