Andrew S. Hanen
|Andrew S. Hanen|
|File:Judge Andrew S. Hanen.jpg|
|Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas|
May 10, 2002
|Nominated by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Filemon Vela, Sr.|
|Born||Andrew Scott Hanen
December 10, 1953 
|Alma mater||Denison University (1975)
Baylor Law School (1978)
Hanen was born in Elgin, Illinois, but was raised in Waco, Texas. He received a B.A., with honors, from Denison University in 1975 and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1978, where he graduated first in his class. He was a briefing attorney to the Hon. Joe Greenhill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, from 1978 to 1979.
On January 23, 2002, he was again nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas vacated by Filemon Vela, Sr. Hanen was confirmed by a 97-0 vote of the United States Senate on May 9, 2002, and received his commission on May 10, 2002. Hanen maintains chambers in Brownsville, Texas.
Hanen presided over the case of Texas v. United States is a pending United States Supreme Court case regarding the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. Hanen is the trial court judge.
Sanctions on Department of Justice attorneys
On May 19, 2016, while the case awaits the Supreme Court, Hanen demanded ethics classes for Department of Justice lawyers and ordering other sanctions for those who argued Texas v. United States, involving President Obama’s immigration executive actions. Hanen accused the lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom. He accusing the Department of Justice of a “calculated plan of unethical conduct.” Hanen also ordered Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint someone within the department to ensure compliance with his order.
- "Andrew Scott Hanen". The Complete Marquis Who's Who Biographies. Accessed February 17, 2015 via LexisNexis.
- "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Judicial Nominations and Confirmations: 107th Congress". https://web.archive.org/web/20131107173920/http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/107thCongress.cfm. External link in
- txs.uscourts.gov: "United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen"
- Shear, Michael (May 19, 2016). "Federal Judge in Texas Demands Justice Dept. Lawyers Take Ethics Class". New York Times. New York. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom.
- Palazzolo, Joe; Gershman, Jacob (May 19, 2016). "Furious Federal Judge Orders Justice Department Lawyers to Undergo Ethics Training". Wall Street Journal. New York. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
The problem, according to Judge Hanen, is the Justice Department assured him that the federal government wouldn’t begin implementing the program — which the judge apparently took to mean any part of it — before February 2015, giving him time to weigh the legal issues. He also said the Justice Department misled him about how many three-year extensions were granted.
- Andrew S. Hanen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Filemon Vela, Sr.
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas