Thomas M. Durkin

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Thomas Michael Durkin
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
December 19, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Wayne R. Andersen
Personal details
Born Thomas Michael Durkin
(1953-12-26) December 26, 1953 (age 63)
Chicago, Illinois
Education University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign B.S.
DePaul University College of Law J.D.

Thomas Michael Durkin (born December 26, 1953) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Biography[edit]

Durkin was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the DePaul University College of Law in 1978. From 1978 to 1980, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley J. Roszkowski of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. From 1980 to 1993, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. His leadership positions during that service included Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division and First Assistant United States Attorney. From 1993 to 2012, he served as a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, where he handled a wide variety of matters including complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 21, 2012, President Obama nominated Durkin to be a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, to the seat vacated by Judge Wayne R. Andersen who retired in 2010.[2][4] The Senate confirmed Durkin in a voice vote on December 17, 2012. He received his commission on December 19, 2012.[3]

Dennis Hastert[edit]

In 2015, Durkin heard allegations against Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, charged with alleged violations of banking laws, reportedly to pay off a victim of sexual abuse. Durkin declared several potential conflicts of interest, including a past donation to Hastert's congressional campaign and past interactions with prosecutors in the case; ultimately, the attorneys did not seek his recusal.[5] Ultimately Durkin sentenced Hastert to 15 months in prison, far more than the federal recommended sentencing guidelines of zero to six months of prison. The maximum possible sentence was five years. Durkin also described Hastert as a "serial child molester".[6]

Personal[edit]

Durkin's brother, Jim Durkin, is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Michael Durkin Judge Profile". Martindale.com. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "President Obama Nominates Thomas M. Durkin to Serve on the US District Court | The White House". Whitehouse.gov. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Durkin, Thomas Michael - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ "Press release from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois" (PDF). Ilnd.uscourts.gov. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Judge Thomas Durkin, who donated money to Dennis Hastert, to stay on hush-money case". The Associated Press. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Davey, Monica; Julie Bosman; Mitch Smith (2016-04-27). "Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  7. ^ Hinz, Greg (May 22, 2012). "Durkin close to U.S. judgeship; Springfield moves a bit on Medicaid, pensions". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Wayne R. Andersen
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2012–present
Incumbent