|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
April 17, 2012
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Blane Michael|
|Born||Stephanie Dawn Young
August 22, 1965
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Marshall University
West Virginia University, Morgantown
Stephanie Dawn Thacker (born August 22, 1965) is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Early life and education
Born Stephanie Dawn Young in Huntington, West Virginia, she was raised in Hamlin, West Virginia, Thacker earned a bachelor's degree from Marshall University in 1987 and her law degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 1990.
After graduating from law school, Thacker spent two years working in the Pittsburgh office of the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates). She then worked briefly for the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General before joining the law firm King, Betts & Allen.
In 1994, Thacker took a job in the United States Attorney's office for the Southern District of West Virginia, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division and handling a wide range of criminal prosecutions.
In 1999, Thacker moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. She worked there for seven years, serving as Deputy Chief of Litigation for two years and then as Principal Deputy Chief of Litigation for five years. She also was part of the team that prosecuted the first case the U.S. ever brought involving the Violence Against Women Act.
Federal judicial service
In July 2011, the West Virginia Record reported that President Obama would select Thacker to the judicial vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that had been created by the death of Judge M. Blane Michael. Michael had died in March 2011.
- The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (September 8, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Stephanie Dawn Thacker to Serve on US Circuit Court of Appeals". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
- Dickerson, Chris (July 27, 2011). "Charleston attorney to be nominated for Fourth Circuit opening". The West Virginia Record. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
- Senate Roll Call
- Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
- Stephanie Thacker at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit