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Danny Julian Boggs

Danny Boggs
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Assumed office
March 25, 1986
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
In office
September 30, 2003 – August 14, 2009
Preceded by Boyce Martin
Succeeded by Alice Batchelder
Personal details
Born (1944-10-23) October 23, 1944
Havana, Cuba
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Chicago

Danny Julián Boggs (born October 23, 1944) is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was appointed to a newly created seat on that court on January 29, 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 3, and received his commission on March 25. He served as the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit from 2003 to 2009.

Life and career

Boggs was born in Havana, Cuba. Boggs sparked controversy in 2001 by accusing then-Chief Judge Boyce Martin of violating Sixth Circuit procedural rules by assigning himself to panels and manipulating the timing of an order. Judge Boggs recused himself from the subsequent panel inquiry, which found a rule violation, but recommended no action.

One unusual feature of Judge Boggs' managing style is an arcane general knowledge quiz he gives to clerkship applicants. The quiz strongly emphasizes history, literature, and classics, but also contains questions asking for the takers' opinions. Judge Boggs says he uses the answers to gain insight into potential clerks' interests and personalities. Three of his former clerks appeared on the ABC game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at the peak of the show's popularity in 2001, and two of them used him as their "phone-a-friend."[1]


Professional career

See also


  1. ^ New Yorker article

External links

Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Preceded by
Boyce Martin
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Succeeded by
Alice Batchelder
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