Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Who is Kathryn Kimball Mizelle? (Wikipedia)

Here is the biography of the Tampa federal judge who ruled against the CDC mask mandate, which the Supreme Court thrice declined to overrule. 

Jusdge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle never tried a case in her life before being named the last DONALD JOJHN TRUMP federal judge, at age 33. 

What a lightweight. 

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Kathryn Mizelle
Kathryn Kimball Mizelle Portrait.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Assumed office 
November 20, 2020
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byVirginia M. Hernandez Covington
Personal details
Kathryn Anne Kimball

1987 (age 34–35)
LakelandFlorida, U.S.
Spouse(s)Chad Mizelle
EducationCovenant College (BA)
University of Florida (JD)

Kathryn Kimball Mizelle[1] (born 1987)[2] is an American attorney and jurist serving as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. At age 33, she was the youngest person chosen by President Donald Trump for a lifetime judicial appointment.[3]

Early life and education

Born in Lakeland, Florida, Mizelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Covenant College in 2009, and her Juris Doctorfrom the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2012.[4]


Upon graduating from law school, Mizelle served as a law clerk to Judge James S. Moody Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and to Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She worked as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 2014–2017, and was detailed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2014–2015. Mizelle was Counsel to the United States Associate Attorney General from 2017–2018. In 2018, she briefly clerked for Judge Gregory G. Katsas of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then clerked for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mizelle is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.[5] She has been a member of the Federalist Society since 2012.[2][6]

Before becoming a judge, Mizelle was an associate at Jones Day,[7] where she worked on civil and criminal litigation and appeals.[4][8]

Federal judicial service

On August 12, 2020, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Mizelle to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.[9] At the age of 33, she was the youngest person chosen by Trump for a lifetime judicial appointment.[10][11][3] On September 8, 2020, her nomination was sent to the Senate to fill the seat vacated by Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, who took senior status on July 12, 2020.[12] On September 9, 2020, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[13] On October 22, 2020, the Judiciary Committee reported her nomination by a unanimous 12–0 vote, with all Democratic senators boycotting the hearing.[14]

The American Bar Association (ABA) rated Mizelle "Not Qualified" by a majority and "Qualified" by a minority of the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to serve as a federal trial court judge,[15] noting that "Since her admission to the bar Ms. Mizelle has not tried a case, civil or criminal, as lead or co-counsel."[16] Before her appointment, the nominee had only taken part in two trials — both one-day trials in a state court conducted while she was still in law school.[7] Mizelle had eight years of legal experience at the time of her nomination;[16] the ABA typically requires 12 years to give a nominee a rating of "Qualified". The ABA said Mizelle "has a very keen intellect, a strong work ethic and an impressive resume... her integrity and demeanor are not in question."[17] But, the committee wrote, "These attributes... simply do not compensate for the short time she has actually practiced law and her lack of meaningful trial experience."[16]

On November 18, 2020, Mizelle's nomination was confirmed by a Republican majority after a party-line vote of 49–41.[18] She thereby joined the first group of judges appointed by a president who had lost reelection at the time of confirmation since Jimmy Carter's appointment of Stephen Breyer to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in November 1980.[7][19] She received her judicial commission on November 20, 2020.

On April 18, 2022, Mizelle struck down the federal mask mandate on airplanes and public transportation, ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) had no authority to implement such a mandate.[20] Mizelle also stated that the CDC improperly invoked the good faith exception to the Administrative Procedure Act's notice-and-comment rulemaking process. The US Supreme Court had three times refused to issue injunctions against the CDC's mask mandate.[21] In her ruling, Mizelle argued that the 1944 statute that gives the federal government authority to combat communicable disease as part of "sanitation" efforts was being misapplied because sanitation solely referred to "measures that clean something" and masks do not clean anything in that regard.[22] She also argued that travelers were being restricted from the freedom to travel based on an arbitrary condition, and that longstanding case law surrounding the right to enforce "detention and quarantine" by the government was applicable only to those who were actually sick.[22]

Personal life

Mizelle is married to Chad Mizelle. He served as acting General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security in the administration of Donald Trump.[23][24]

See also


  1. ^ Goldstein, Richard (September 13, 2016). "Alumna makes history as UF Law's first SCOTUS clerk"Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Archived from the original on July 27, 2020.
  2. Jump up to: a b United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Kathryn Mizelle
  3. Jump up to: a b Allassan, Fadel (November 19, 2020). "Senate confirms Trump's youngest judicial pick as GOP breaks tradition"Axios. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  4. Jump up to: a b "Kathryn Kimball Mizelle | Lawyers"www.jonesday.com. Retrieved August 20,2020.
  5. ^ Strom, Roy (February 18, 2020). "Jones Day Hires Five Supreme Court Clerks in Latest Coup"Bloomberg LawKathryn Kimball Mizelle, a University of Florida Levin College of Law graduate who clerked for Thomas and will work in the firm's Washington and Miami offices.
  6. ^ Bendery, Jennifer (October 22, 2020). "Senate Republicans Advance Another Trump Court Pick Rated 'Not Qualified'"HuffPost. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  7. Jump up to: a b c Senate confirms Trump's youngest federal judge to serve in TampaTampa Bay Times, Jamal Thalji, November 18, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  8. ^ "33-Year-Old Trump Judicial Pick Attacked Over Experience – Law360"www.law360.com. August 21, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees"whitehouse.gov. Retrieved August 12, 2020 – via National Archives.
  10. ^ Thomsen, Jacqueline (November 18, 2020). "Lame Duck Senate Confirms Trump's Youngest Judge Yet"National Law Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Thalji, Jamal (November 19, 2020). "Senate confirms Trump's youngest federal judge to serve in Tampa"Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  12. ^ "Eleven Nominations and Three Withdrawals Sent to the Senate", White House, September 8, 2020
  13. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for September 9, 2020
  14. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 22, 2020, Senate Judiciary Committee
  16. Jump up to: a b c "Federal judicial nominee lacks enough experience, ABA says in letter explaining 'not qualified' rating"ABA Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  17. ^ September 9, Jacqueline Thomsen (September 9, 2020). "Jones Day Associate, Former Thomas Clerk 'Not Qualified' for Federal Bench, ABA Says"National Law Journal. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  18. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida)" United States Senate, November 18, 2020
  19. ^ Trump, GOP Defy Precedent with Lame Duck Judicial Appointees (1)Bloomberg Law, Madison Alder, Seth Stern and John Crawley, Updated: Nov. 18, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "Florida judge overturns CDC mask mandate for planes and public transit"CNBC. April 18, 2022.
  21. ^ "CDC mask mandate for travelers struck down by federal judge"CNN. April 18, 2022.
  22. Jump up to: a b Sneed, Tierney. "CDC mask mandate for travelers no longer in effect following judge's ruling, official says"CNN. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  23. ^ Kalmbacher, Colin (August 12, 2020). "Trump Nominates Former Clarence Thomas Clerk Who Graduated Law School in 2012 to Lifetime Judgeship". Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  24. ^ Stephen Miller ally tapped as top Homeland Security attorneyCNN, Geneva Sands, February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 19, 2020.


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