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Active Native American Article III Judges

Article III of the Constitution created the U.S. Supreme Court and gave Congress the power to create the federal courts of appeals and district courts. Since 1789, more than 3,427 judges have served on Article III courts. Currently, there are two active Native American Article III Judges.

District Courts

The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the District Courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.

There are 94 federal district courts, including at least one district court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States—the Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands—have District Courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

Judge Court Commission Status Gender
Diane Humetewa Arizona 5/16/2014 Active Female
Frank Howell Seay Oklahoma (ED) 11/12/1979 Senior 9/25/03 Male

Legend

CD - Central District ED - Eastern District MD - Middle District ND - Northern District SD - Southern District
WD - Western District ± LGBT *** Current Chief Judge

Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2015. To learn more about the federal courts go to www.fjc.gov.

Partnership with JTB-APO

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MCCA, in partnership with Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization, tracks and annually publishes the Report on the Integration of the Federal Judiciary.

Judge Diane Humetewa

Diane Humetewa

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed the first Native American woman, Diane Humetewa, to the federal bench, the U.S. District Court of Arizona.

Active Article III Judges

Click below to view a complete list of Article III judges based on race, ethnicity or find out which president appointed them.

Native Americans
African-American

Asian-American
& Pacific Islanders

Hispanic/Latino

LGBT
Article III Judges by President
United States
Presidents

United States Circuit Courts

First Circuit Seventh Circuit
Second Circuit Eighth Circuit
Third Circuit Ninth Circuit
Fourth Circuit Tenth Circuit
Fifth Circuit Eleventh Circuit
Sixth Circuit Fed/DC Circuit

 

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