Gilbert Stroud Merritt

Hon. Gilbert Stroud Merritt Jr.
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Address: 540 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
100 E. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3988
Phone: (513) 564-7000
Fax: (513) 564-7097
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since January 17, 2001

Appointed 1977
Bar Admissions:
Tennessee, 1960
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1962

Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1960
Honors: Order of the Coif
Law Review: Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1959 - 1960

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1957

Published Works:
Redemption of Corporate Stock as Equivalent to Taxable Distribution of Dividends, 12 Vanderbilt Law Review 505, 1959

State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, 12 Vanderbilt Law Review 904, 1959

Personal Property and Sales - A Survey of Tennessee Law, 13 Vanderbilt Law Review 1189, 1960

Tennessee Local Government Law, 16 Vanderbilt Law Review 800, 1963

Justice as Fairness: A Commentary of Rawls' Theory of Justice, 26 Vanderbilt Law Review 665, 1973

Owen Fiss on Paradise Lost: The Judicial Bureaucracy in the Administrative State, 92 Yale Law Journal 1469, 1983

From the Bench: A Federal Judge Reflects on Remoteness, 20 The Vanderbilt Lawyer 22, Summer, 1989

Access to Federal Courts in Habeas Corpus Cases, 58 Tennessee Law Review 145, 1990

Government Has Not Ended Efforts to Control Free Speech, Presstime, February, 1991

The Decision-Making Process in Federal Courts of Appeals, 51 Ohio State Law Journal, 1991

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1973 - 1975

Associate Professor of Law , Vanderbilt University Law School, 1969 - 1970

Honors and Awards:
American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Sixth Circuit, 2003

Honorary degrees from various colleges and universities

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Nashville Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Vanderbilt Law Alumni Association
Member, Board of Directors

Vanderbilt Law Alumni Association, 1979 - 1980

Judicial Conference of United States
Member, Executive Committee

Judicial Conference of United States
Member, Judicial Resources Committee

Vanderbilt Law Review, 1959 - 1960
Managing Editor

Order of the Coif

Ad Hoc Committee on International Judicial Relations, 1993 - 1994

Executive Committee of Judicial Conference of the United States, 1994 - 1996

Sixth Circuit Judicial Council, 1977 - 2001
Executive Committee Member

Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals, 1997 - 1998

American Law Institute

Vanderbilt University Institute of Public Policy Studies, 1983 - 2000
Chair, Board of Trustees

Fisk University, 1972 - 1977

Nashville Symphony, 1965 - 1969
Board of Directors

Tennessee Democratic Executive Committee, 1973 - 1975
General Counsel and Treasurer

Tennessee Constitutional Convention

Past Employment Positions:
Tennessee Code Commission, Executive Secretary, 1977

Private Practice, Nashville, Tennessee, 1970 - 1977

Middle District of Tennessee, U.S. Attorney, 1966 - 1969

City of Nashville, Tennessee, Associate Metropolitan Attorney, 1963 - 1966

Private Practice, Nashville, Tennessee, 1962 - 1963

Vanderbilt University Law School, Assistant Dean and Instructor, 1960 - 1961

Birth Information:
1936, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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