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May 6, 2009

Michael McConnell leaving Tenth Circuit to return to academy

As detail in this post at The BLT and in this official announcement, "Michael McConnell, one of the most influential federal appeals court judges in the nation, is stepping down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit [in order to] become director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School." 

In recent years, Judge McConnell has authored some influential sentencing opinions and articles (including one entitled simply "The Booker Mess" discussed here).  I am pleased that the judiciary's loss is the ivory tower's gain (and I hope Professor McConnell keeps up his sentencing interests in his new gig).

May 6, 2009 at 12:07 AM | Permalink


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I am so sad. First my favorite Supreme Court Justice announces he is stepping down, then my favorite 10th Circuit judge. This is a huge loss for the 10th Circuit.

Posted by: 10th Cir. practitioner | May 6, 2009 6:44:04 PM

I'm sure that the law clerks who were just about to start are just as ecstatic as you about his resignation.

Posted by: former circuit law clerk | May 9, 2009 10:40:20 PM

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