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Who is Chad Readler?

Chad Readler is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from Ohio.

Age:  46 (approximate)

Current Position:  Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

Education:

  • B.A., University of Michigan (1994)
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1997), cum laude; Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1997-1998)

Experience:

  • 2017-Present: Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1998-2017: Associate and Partner, Jones Day LLP (Columbus, OH)

Career Notes:

  • Leading the DOJ’s Civil Division—the DOJ’s largest litigating Division—since Inauguration Day, Mr. Readler has supervised and overseen the Division’s litigation matters, and personally briefed and argued cases in several federal district courts and courts of appeal across the nation.
  • During Mr. Readler’s 19-year tenure at Jones Day, he was a member of the firm’s Issues and Appeals practice group, and argued cases before the Supreme Court and various federal circuit courts of appeal.He also maintained a robust pro-bono practice, and prevailed before the Supreme Court in McQuiggin v. Perkins, 569 U.S. __ (2013), which held that a showing of actual innocence stands as an exception to the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act’s (AEDPA) statute of limitations in federal habeas cases.

Professional Associations:

  • Readler has served as a member of both the Ohio Supreme Court Commission and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.
  • He is listed as an expert for the Federalist Society, and has spoken on topics including Overcriminalization, and the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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