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United States Seventh Circuit

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

Illinois  Indiana Wisconsin

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
Ann Claire WilliamsSeventh Circuit11/15/1999African-AmericanSenior Status 6/5/17Female

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
Andrea R. WoodIllinois (ND)10/15/2013African-AmericanActiveFemale
Blanche ManningIllinois (ND)8/10/1994African-AmericanSenior Status
Charles N. ClevertWisconsin (ED)7/29/1996African-AmericanTerminated/Retired
Edmond E. ChangIllinois (ND)12/20/2010Asian-American/Pacific IslandersActiveMale
Joe Billy McDadeIllinois (CD)11/25/1991African-AmericanSenior Status
John Z. LeeIllinois (ND)5/8/2012Asian-American/Pacific IslandersActiveMale
Jorge Luis AlonsoIllinois (ND)12/19/2014Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Manish S. ShahIllinois (ND)5/1/2014Asian-American/Pacific IslandersActiveMale
Rodolfo LozanoIndiana (ND)2/26/1988Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
Ronald A. GuzmanIllinois (ND)11/15/1999Hispanic/LatinoSenior Status
Ruben Castillo***Illinois (ND)5/9/1994Hispanic/LatinoActiveMale
Sara L. EllisIllinois (ND)10/8/2013African-AmericanActiveFemale
Sharon Johnson ColemanIllinois (ND)7/13/2010African-AmericanActiveFemale
Staci Michelle Yandle ±Illinois (SD)6/19/2014African-AmericanActiveFemale
Tanya Walton PrattIndiana (SD)6/15/2010African-AmericanActiveFemale


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.


& Pacific Islander


Native American



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