Featuring Judge Ransey Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Moderator: Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.
Judge Ransey Cole Jr.
Chief Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., A72, was nominated by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1995 to a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears all federal appeals from the States of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Judge Cole continued in active service from January 1996 until August 2014, when he assumed the role of Chief Judge for the Sixth Circuit-becoming the first African American to hold that position since the court's formation in 1869. During his 20 years on the bench, Judge Cole has authored hundreds of legal opinions, including landmark decisions on civil rights, criminal procedure, and the scope of the First Amendment. Prior to joining the Sixth Circuit, Judge Cole served as an attorney in private practice at the Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where he became the first African-American partner; as a litigator for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; and as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Judge Cole credits his parents and his upbringing in the "Dynamite Hill" area of Birmingham, Alabama, during the height of the civil rights movement for his decision to become a lawyer and judge. Witnessing the violence and depravity that sometimes befall mankind if left unchecked gave Judge Cole a lifelong and indomitable commitment to the principles of equality and justice for all. In addition to his judicial responsibilities, Judge Cole gives back to the community by serving as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and on the governing boards of several philanthropic organizations in central Ohio. Judge Cole lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his family and enjoys his time both on (and off) the bench.
Judge Jeremy Fogel
Born in San Francisco, raised in Los Angeles, California. Attended Los Angeles public schools. Bachelor of Arts with Great Distinction from Stanford University, 1971, major in Religious Studies. Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard University, 1974. Admitted to practice in California, 1974. Private practice of law in San Jose, 1974-78. Founder and Directing Attorney, Mental Health Advocacy Project, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation, 1978-81. Appointed to Santa Clara County Municipal Court, 1981; appointed to Santa Clara Superior Court, 1986. Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1998-2011. Director, Federal Judicial Center, 2011-present. Presiding Judge, Santa Clara County Municipal Court, 1984-85; Supervising Judge, Family Law Division, Santa Clara Superior Court, 1987-88, 1995; Supervising Judge, Probate/Mental Health Division, 1991; Civil Team Leader and Law and Motion Judge, Santa Clara Superior Court 1992-94, 1996-98. Member, Executive Board, California Judges Association, 1988-91; Vice-President, 1990-91; Chair, Judicial Ethics Committee, 1987-88; Chair, Judicial Discipline Advisory Panel (confidential counseling service for judges facing discipline), 1992-98. Chair, Planning Committee, California Continuing Judicial Studies Program, 1995-97. Faculty, California Continuing Judicial Studies Program and California Judicial College (alternative dispute resolution, psychology, ethics, family law, sexual harassment awareness and prevention, domestic violence, and judicial excellence), 1987-2009. Mediation trainer and member, Advisory Committee on ADR Education, Federal Judicial Center, 2002-2009; faculty, FJC Advanced Patent Program, 2005-present. Member of international legal exchange delegations to various countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East and South Asia (alternative dispute resolution, case management, intellectual property rights and judicial ethics), 1999-present. Frequent lecturer on ethics, discipline and professional conduct for both Bench and Bar. Lecturer, Stanford University Law School (psychology of litigation), 2003-present (on leave while at FJC). President's Award for Outstanding Service to the California Judiciary, California Judges Association, 1997; Judge of the Year Award, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 1997, 2005 and 2011; "LACY Honors" Award, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation, 1997. Recipient, Special Award for Exemplifying Highest Standards of Professionalism in the Judiciary, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 2002. Justice of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2007; named one of California's 100 most influential lawyers by Daily Journal Corporation, 2007. Married since 1977 to Kathleen Wilcox; two children: Megan, 29 and Nathaniel, 26.
Judge Timothy Tymkovich
Timothy Tymkovich is a native third-generation Coloradan. He is a 1979 graduate of The Colorado College, and a 1982 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Justice William Erickson of the Colorado Supreme Court. After his clerkship, he worked for the Denver law firm, David Graham & Stubbs, in its Denver and Washington DC offices. In 1991, he joined Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton as the State's Solicitor General. In that position, he directed legal policy for the State of Colorado and was responsible for legislative matters before the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. He also represented the State of Colorado in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He returned to private practice in 1996, helping to form Hale Hackstaff Tymkovich, where he practiced in the areas of business litigation and appeals, election law, and legislative and regulatory matters. Judge Tymkovich was nominated to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush. Congress confirmed Tymkovich in April 2003. His Chambers are located in Denver, Colorado. Judge Tymkovich serves the federal Judiciary as Chair of its Committee on Judicial Resources. The Committee is responsible for judicial vacancies and overall budget. He also is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado School of law, where he teaches Election Law. He is President of the Doyle Inn of court, and a member of the American Law Institute and the International Society of Barristers. Since he joined the Circuit, Judge Tymkovich has hosted judicial delegations from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan, and has also represented the United States in programs at Kiev and Yalta in the Ukraine.