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James E. Shadid

James Shadid
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Assumed office
March 12, 2012
Preceded by Michael McCuskey
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Assumed office
March 10, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Michael Mihm
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 57–58)
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Bradley University
John Marshall Law School

James Edward Shadid (born 1957) is a District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Early life and education

Shadid was born in 1957 in [2] who eventually became sheriff of Peoria County and Illinois state senator.[3] James Shadid earned a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School (Chicago) in 1983.[4]

Law career

Shadid was in private practice from 1983 to 2001, additionally acting as part-time public defender in Peoria County from 1986 to 2001 and a Commissioner of the Illinois Court of Claims from 1996 to 2001.[4]

In December 2001, Shadid was appointed to the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois.[5] He was primarily in felony court, with other work in misdemeanor and civil court.[6]

On May 27, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Shadid to replace Michael Mihm on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.[4][6] On March 7, 2011 he was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 89 ayes to 0 nays[7] and received his commission on March 10, 2011.[8] Shadid became chief judge of the Central District on March 12, 2012; the position is rotated to a different judge in the district every seven years, and Shadid was sworn in by Michael P. McCuskey, who became chief judge in 2004[9] or 2005.[10][11]


  1. ^ Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire: James Edward Shadid, (June 4, 2010).
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  3. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1993-1994, Biographical Sketch of George Shadid, pg. 111
  4. ^ a b c President Obama Names Two to United States District Court, 5/27/10, (May 27, 2010).
  5. ^ Andy Kravetz, Shadid recommended for federal bench, Peoria Journal Star (February 26, 2010).
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  8. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
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  11. ^ Illinois State University's Trustee biography says that McCuskey's chief judge term started on December 14, 2004; Kravetz in the Peoria Journal Star says "since 2005".

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