Ronald Lee Gilman

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Ronald Gilman
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
In office
November 7, 1997 – November 21, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Herbert Milburn
Succeeded by Bernice Donald
Personal details
Born (1942-10-16) October 16, 1942 (age 75)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University

Ronald Lee Gilman (born October 16, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a judge and a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was nominated to the position by Bill Clinton on July 16, 1997 after the seat had been vacated by Herbert Theodore Milburn. On November 6, 1997, Gilman was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 98-1, with the lone senator voting against him being Lauch Faircloth.[1] He received his commission on November 7.[2] He took senior status as of November 21, 2010.[3]

Ronald Lee Gilman attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In 1967, he obtained a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Gilman privately practiced law in Memphis and became a professor at the University of Memphis School of Law in 1980. In 1988 he became an arbitrator and mediator at the American Arbitration Associate. In 1993, Gilman became an arbitrator and mediator at the National Association of Securities Dealers. He was a referee at the Private Adduction Center from 1993 to 1997.[2]

In ACLU v. NSA, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided to vacate the District Court's decision that the extrajudicial electronic intercepts of the National Security Agency, where one party is within the U.S. and the other is outside, violated the law. The Court decided that the plaintiffs lacked standing. Judge Ronald Gilman wrote a long dissent, in which he argued that the plaintiffs did have standing, and that the Terrorist Surveillance Program as originally implemented violated the FISA.[4]

Appeals judges Ronald Gilman, Gilbert Merritt, and Alan Norris unanimously reversed the decision of U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, who had ruled in August 1997 against Jefferson County officials, therefore allowing county fiscal judges to regulate adult businesses.[5]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Herbert Milburn
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Succeeded by
Bernice Donald