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Ohio judge tapped as chief of appeals court

September 15, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio-based judge has been tapped as the new chief jurist for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court in August named Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. to oversee the administrative responsibilities of the Cincinnati-based court.

Prior to his nomination to the 6th Circuit, Cole worked in public service and private practice: a litigator at the United States Department of Justice, a law firm partner, and a bankruptcy judge. For years, Cole, whose chambers are in Columbus, Ohio, has also taught courses on habeas and the fourteenth amendment at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

The court hears appeals from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

The role of chief judge typically means increased administrative responsibilities in exchange for a reduced case load.

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