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Hon. Michael J. Davis

Hon. Michael J. Davis

United States District Court, District of Minnesota
Chief Judge
Minneapolis, MN, USA


Judge Michael J. Davis was appointed by President Clinton and took the oath of office on March 30, 1994.  He became Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota on July 1, 2008.  He was the first African-American Federal Judge in Minnesota.  Judge Davis graduated from Macalester College in 1969 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1972.  He served as a criminal defense lawyer at the Neighborhood Justice Center in St. Paul, Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis, where he is currently a board member, and as an Assistant Public Defender in Hennepin County.  From 1983 to 1994, Judge Davis was a Minnesota state court trial judge.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School for since 1982.  He has lectured at Oxford University and the FBI Academy.  In 1999, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Davis to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a seven-year term.  Judge Davis received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2001 from Macalester College, and in 1989, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award.  He was awarded the 2004 Judicial Professionalism Award by the Hennepin County Bar Association.  Judge Davis served as President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association 2004-05.  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Rho Chapter recognized Judge Davis as the 2005 Citizen of the Year.  He is on the Board of Trustees for the University of Minnesota Foundation; an Advisory Board Member of the Jack Mason Law and Democracy Initiative, a project of Books for Africa; a Board Member for the Legal Rights Center and a Board Member of The Sanneh Foundation.

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