Robert Lewis Hinkle

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Robert Lewis Hinkle
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
Assumed office
November 7, 2016
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
In office
2004–2009
Preceded by Roger Vinson
Succeeded by Stephan P. Mickle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
In office
August 1, 1996 – November 7, 2016
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by William Henry Stafford, Jr.
Personal details
Born Robert Lewis Hinkle
(1951-11-07) November 7, 1951 (age 66)
Apalachicola, Florida
Education Florida State University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)

Robert Lewis Hinkle (born November 7, 1951) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Biography[edit]

Born in November 7, 1951,[1] in Apalachicola, Florida, Hinkle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was a law clerk for Judge Irving Goldberg, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1976 to 1977. From 1977 to 1978, he was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, then practiced in Tallahassee, Florida from 1978 to 1996. He became an adjunct professor of law at Florida State University in 1981.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Hinkle was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 6, 1996, to a seat vacated by William H. Stafford, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 25, 1996, and received his commission on August 1, 1996. He served as chief judge from 2004 to 2009. He took senior status on November 7, 2016.

Notable ruling[edit]

On August 21, 2014, Hinkle issued a ruling in Brenner v. Scott that denied the state defendants' motion to dismiss and granted the same-sex couple plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. In ordering the injunction, Judge Hinkle found that Florida's statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage were federally unconstitutional.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Robert John Hinkle - Yakima, Washington". www.familytreenow.com. 
  2. ^ Sweeney, Dan (August 21, 2014). "Same-sex marriage ban struck down in Florida federal court". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Snow, Justin (August 21, 2014). "Federal judge rules Florida same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional". Metro Weekly. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Henry Stafford, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
1996–2016
Vacant
Preceded by
Roger Vinson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Stephan P. Mickle