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Susan J Dlott

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Preceded by  Sandra Beckwith
Name  Susan Dlott
Role  Judge
Appointed by  Bill Clinton
Spouse  Stanley M. Chesley
Preceded by  S. Arthur Spiegel

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Born  September 11, 1949 (age 73) Dayton, Ohio, U.S. (1949-09-11)
Alma mater  University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) Boston University School of Law (J.D.)
Education  Boston University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Succeeded by  Edmund A. Sargus Jr.

Susan J. Dlott (born September 11, 1949) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


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Early life and education

Dlott was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 11, 1949, to Russian immigrant parents. Dlott received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1973.

She was a law clerk to Alvin Krenzler and Jack Day of the Ohio Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1974, then became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio from 1975 to 1979. She entered private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1979. In 1981, Dlott became the first female partner at Graydon Head & Ritchey, a Cincinnati law firm.

Federal judicial service

On August 10, 1995, President Bill Clinton nominated Dlott to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio vacated by S. Arthur Spiegel. Dlott was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 22, 1995, and received her commission on December 26, 1995. She served as chief judge of the court from 2009 to 2015.

Notable case

Dlott approved a landmark Cincinnati anti-racial profiling agreement in 2002.

Personal life

Dlott's first husband was builder and developer Austin Eldon Knowlton. Her second and current husband is trial lawyer Stanley M. Chesley; they married in 1991.

In 2004, Chesley purchased "what is believed to be the most expensive single-family home listed in Greater Cincinnati, possibly ever," a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, French chateau-style home on 5.3 acres (21,000 m2) nestled into 300 acres (1.2 km2) of private green space with 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of living space. The estate has a wine cellar and two four-car garages with apartments on top.

Dlott and her husband were victims of an violent, armed home invasion robbery by three men, Terry Darnell Jackson, 21, Demetrius Williams, 20, and Darrell Joseph Kinney, 20, on December 4, 2015. Chesley and Dlott, who were held at gunpoint, both sustained injuries. The three perpetrators were apprehended and pleaded guilty, and in April 2016, the men were all sentenced to 34 years in prison. Dlott gave testimony at the sentencing hearing.

Dlott was described by the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2002 as "sometimes eccentric, often unconventional." Dlott has described herself as a "lenient judge". She is known for her fondness for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


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