Susan J. Dlott
Susan J. Dlott
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio|
|Assumed office |
May 31, 2018
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio|
|Preceded by||Sandra Beckwith|
|Succeeded by||Edmund A. Sargus Jr.|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio|
December 26, 1995 – May 31, 2018
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||S. Arthur Spiegel|
|Born||September 11, 1949|
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Stanley M. Chesley|
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)|
Boston University School of Law (J.D.)
Susan J. Dlott (born September 11, 1949) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Early life and education
Dlott was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 11, 1949, to Jewish Russian immigrant parents. Dlott received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1973.
Legal and judicial career
She was a law clerk to Alvin Krenzler and Jack Day of the Ohio Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1974, then became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio from 1975 to 1979. She entered private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1979. In 1981, Dlott became the first female partner at Graydon Head & Ritchey, a Cincinnati law firm.
Federal judicial service
On August 10, 1995, President Bill Clinton nominated Dlott to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio vacated by S. Arthur Spiegel. Dlott was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 22, 1995, and received her commission on December 26, 1995. She served as chief judge of the court from 2009 to 2015. She assumed senior status on May 31, 2018.
Dlott's first husband was builder and developer Austin Eldon Knowlton. Her second and current husband is Stanley M. Chesley; they married in 1991. Chesley, a former trial lawyer, was disbarred by the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2013.
In 2004, Chesley purchased "what is believed to be the most expensive single-family home listed in Greater Cincinnati, possibly ever," a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, French chateau-style home on 5.3 acres (21,000 m2) nestled into 300 acres (1.2 km2) of private green space with 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of living space. The estate has a wine cellar and two four-car garages with apartments on top.
Dlott and her husband were victims of a violent, armed home invasion robbery by "three black men with guns and masks", Terry Darnell Jackson, 21, Demetrius Williams, 20, and Darrell Joseph Kinney, 20, on December 4, 2015. Chesley and Dlott, who were held at gunpoint, both sustained injuries. The three perpetrators were apprehended and pleaded guilty, and in April 2016, the men were all sentenced to 34 years in prison. Dlott gave testimony at the sentencing hearing.
Dlott was described by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2002 as "sometimes eccentric, often unconventional." Dlott has described herself as a "lenient judge". She is known for her fondness for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
- Kristina Goetz, The biggest case in town is in her court: Mediation on profiling is an effort to calm the storm, Cincinnati Enquirer (February 17, 2002).
- "Dlott, Susan J. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Robert Anglen, "Profiling settlement approved"(August 6, 2002)
- Musgrave, Beth (March 21, 2013). "Kentucky Supreme Court disbars famed class-action attorney Stanley Chesley". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, Kentucky.
- McGirr v. Rehme, Case No. 17-3519 (6th Cir. May 31, 2018), available at http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/18a0101p-06.pdf
- Matt Leingang, Indian Hill property has 27,000 square feet, listed at $11.9M, Cincinnati Enquirer (December 16, 2009.
- O'Neill, Julie; Noble, Greg (April 7, 2016). "Federal Judge Susan Dlott, husband Stan Chesley describe terrifying home invasion in court". WCPO-TV.
- O'Neill, Julie (December 7, 2015). "Federal Judge Susan Dlott made a chilling 911 call after 3 gunmen attacked her, husband Stan Chesley". WCPO-TV.
- Setters, Andrew (April 7, 2016). "Trio sentenced for home invasion of federal judge's Indian Hill home". WLWT.
- Susan J. Dlott at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Profile of Susan J. Dlott from the Southern District of Ohio website
- Profile of Susan J. Dlott from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit website
S. Arthur Spiegel
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Edmund A. Sargus Jr.