Bernice Bouie Donald

Personal

Birthday: 
1951
Birthplace: 
Desoto County, MS
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Gender: 
Female
Prior Employment: 

Private practice, Memphis, Tennessee, 1979-1980
Staff attorney, Employment Law & Economic Development Unit, Memphis [Tennessee] Area Legal Services, 1980
Assistant public defender, Shelby County, Tennessee, 1980-82
Adjunct professor, Shelby State Community College, 1981-1984
Judge, Tennessee General Sessions Criminal Court, 1982-1988
Adjunct professor, University of Memphis School of Law, 1985-1988

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, December 1, 2010; no Senate vote

Education

Name of School: 
Memphis State University (now University of Memphis)
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1974
Name of School - Second: 

Memphis State University, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The faculty at The University of Memphis School of Law have distinguished themselves by their commitment to teaching and to legal research and scholarship. Thirteen members of the faculty have earned graduate law degrees (LL.M) and five faculty members have served as graduate law clerks for federal appellate and trial judges. Several faculty members have been elected to the American Law Institute and others serve as consultants to judicial commissions and active participants in state and national bar associations.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1979

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Court Name: 

Tennessee Western District Court

President Nominating: 
William J. Clinton
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
12/26/1995
Termination Date: 
9/8/2011
Termination Reason: 
Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name - Second: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Court Name - Second: 

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Commission Date - Second: 
9/8/2011
Bankruptcy and Magistrate Services: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Tennessee, 1988-1995

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