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John D. Bates

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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Judge Bates was appointed United States District Judge in December 2001. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1968 and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976. From 1968 to 1971, he served in the United States Army, including a tour in Vietnam. Judge Bates clerked for Judge Roszel C. Thomsen of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1976 to 1977 and was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson from 1977 to 1980. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1980 to 1997, and was Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1987 to 1997. Judge Bates was on detail as Deputy Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation from 1995 to mid-1997. In 1998, he joined the Washington law firm of Miller & Chevalier, where he was Chair of the Government Contracts/Litigation Department and a member of the Executive Committee. Judge Bates has served on the Advisory Committee for Procedures of the D.C. Circuit and on the Civil Justice Reform Committee for the District Court, and as Treasurer of the D.C. Bar, Chairman of the Publications Committee of the D.C. Bar, and Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. In 2005, he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to serve on the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. In February 2006, he was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve as a judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and he served as Presiding Judge from May 2009 until February 2013, when he completed his term of service on that court.

Professional Experience
Director
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
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Judge
United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
- Current
Presiding Judge from May 2009 until February 2013
Judge
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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Assumed senior status on October 12, 2014.
Attorney
Private practice, Washington, D.C.
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1977-1980, 1998-2001
Deputy independent counsel
Whitewater investigation
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Assistant U.S. attorney
District of Columbia
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chief, Civil Division, 1987-1997
Law clerk
Hon. Roszel C. Thomsen, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
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first lieutenant
U.S. Army
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Education
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Wesleyan University
B.A. (1968)
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Professional Associations
U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, District of Colombia
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Contact & Map
333 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
USA
Telephone: (202) 354-3430