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Jennifer B Coffman

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Preceded by  Joseph Martin Hood
Succeeded by  vacant
Succeeded by  Karen K. Caldwell
Appointed by  Bill Clinton

Appointed by  Bill Clinton
Name  Jennifer Coffman
Preceded by  Eugene E. Siler, Jr.
Role  Judge
Jennifer B. Coffman
Education  University of Kentucky College of Law, University of Kentucky

Jennifer B. Coffman (born 1948) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

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Education and career

Born in Union City, Tennessee, Coffman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1969, a Master of Science from the same institution in 1971, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978. She was in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky from 1977 to 1993, also teaching as an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky College of Law from 1979 to 1981.

Federal judicial service

On August 6, 1993, Coffman was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a joint appointment to both the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, both seats having been vacated by Eugene E. Siler, Jr., who had held the same joint appointment. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 30, 1993, and received her commission on October 1, 1993. She served as the Chief Judge of the Eastern District from 2007 to 2012. She also served a seven-year term on the secret FISA Court starting in 2011 until she retired from all of her appointments, effective January 8, 2013. She was the first female judge appointed to the Federal courts in Kentucky.

Response to Judge Philpot

In 2013, following the gay rights decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, Kentucky circuit court Judge Tim Philpot wrote an Op-Ed titled "Rulings do not change Ky. law on gay marriage." Coffman wrote an Op-Ed in response, highly critical of Philpot's judgement in writing the piece and declaring that he had risked his judicial integrity and concluded that "Philpot might have foreclosed his ability to sit on any case involving gay marriage because his comments raise a question of bias on the topic of sexual orientation." Coffman also criticised Philpot for dismissing principles of judicial interpretation as "boring and technical", for gratuitously mentioning Walker's sexuality, and for ridiculing judicial review with his observation that then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker's declaration that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional amounted to "one trial judge trump[ing] every voter in California."

References

Jennifer B. Coffman Wikipedia


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