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Jenner & Block Partner Richard J. Gray, who serves as the Seventh Circuit representative on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, spoke at the Investiture Ceremony for John Daniel Tinder, who was sworn in as a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday, April 11 at the United States Courthouse in Indianapolis.
Speaking on behalf of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, Mr. Gray noted in his remarks that the committee found John Tinder well qualified for membership on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. "John Tinder earned this well-qualified rating," Mr. Gray said. From 1987 until his elevation to the Seventh Circuit, Judge Tinder served as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary consists of 15 members – two members from the Ninth Circuit, one member from each of the other 12 federal judicial circuits and the chair. The Committee has been evaluating the professional qualifications of all persons nominated for appointments to the federal bench, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts and the four territorial courts, for more than 50 years. The Standing Committee’s evaluation of nominees is unique and the only nonpartisan, non-ideological peer review of the professional qualifications of prospective federal judges. The Committee evaluates a nominee’s integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament. Neither ideology nor politics is considered. Once an evaluation is completed, the Committee sends its report to both the Senate Judiciary Committee and to the administration.