United States Fifth Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following states and territories:

Lousiana  Mississippi Texas

Court of Appeals

The 94 U.S. judicial districts are organized into 12 regional circuits, each of which has a United States Court of Appeals. This court hears appeals from the district courts located within its circuit and appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies. In addition, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction to hear appeals in specialized cases, such as those involving patent laws and cases decided by the Court of International Trade and the Court of Federal Claims.

 

JudgeCourtCommissionRace / EthnicityStatusGender
Carl Stewart***Fifth Circuit5/9/1994African-AmericanActiveMale
Edward Charles PradoFifth Circuit5/5/2003Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Fortunato Pedro BenavidesFifth Circuit5/9/1994Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
2/3/12
Male
James E. Graves, Jr.Fifth Circuit2/15/2011African-AmericanActiveMale

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.

 

JudgeCourtCommissionRace / EthnicityStatusGender
Alfred Homer BennettTexas (WD)4/15/2015African-AmericanActiveMale
Alia MosesTexas (WD)11/15/2002Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Brian A. Jackson***Louisiana (MD)6/15/2010African-AmericanActiveMale
Carlton W. ReevesMississippi (SD)12/20/2010African-AmericanActiveMale
David BrionesTexas (WD)10/11/1994Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
2/26/09
Male
David Campos GuaderramaTexas (WD)4/30/2012Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Debra M. BrownMississippi (ND)11/5/2013African-AmericanActiveFemale
Diana SaldanaTexas (SD)2/9/2011Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Frank MontalvoTexas (WD)8/1/2003Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
George Carol Hanks, Jr.Texas(SD)4/22/2015African-AmericanActiveMale
Henry T. WingateMississippi (SD)10/17/1985African-AmericanActiveMale
Hilda G. TagleTexas (SD)3/17/1998Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
12/31/12
Female
Ivan L.R. LemelleLouisiana (ED)4/7/1998African-AmericanSenior Status
6/29/15
Male
Jorge Antonio SolisTexas (ND)9/16/1991Hispanic/LatinoTerminated/Retired
5/1/16
Male
Jose Rolando Olvera Jr.Texas (SD)8/4/2015
Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Kathleen CardoneTexas (WD)7/29/2003Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Kenneth HoytTexas (SD)4/1/1988African-AmericanSenior Status
3/2/13
Male
Louis Guirola Jr.***Mississippi (SD)3/22/2004Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Marina Garcia MarmolejoTexas (SD)10/4/2011Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Micaela AlvarezTexas (SD)12/13/2004Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Nannette Jolivette BrownLouisiana (ED)10/4/2011African-AmericanActiveFemale
Nevla Gonzales RamosTexas (SD)8/4/2011Hispanic/LatinoActiveFemale
Orlando Luis GarciaTexas (WD)3/11/1994Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Philip Ray MartinezTexas (WD)2/12/2002Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Randy CraneTexas (SD)3/19/2002Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Ricardo H. Hinojosa***Texas (SD)5/5/1983Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Sam LindsayTexas (ND)3/17/1998African-AmericanActiveMale
Vanessa GilmoreTexas (SD)6/9/1994African-AmericanActiveFemale
Xavier RodriguezTexas (WD)8/1/2003Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale

Legend

CD - Central DistrictED - Eastern DistrictMD - Middle DistrictND - Northern DistrictSD - Southern District
WD - Western District± LGBT*** Current Chief Judge
Data is based on information collected through July 31, 2017.

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.
 


African-American

Asian-American
& Pacific Islander

Hispanic/Latino

Native American

LGBT

Presidential
Appointment

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