David B. Sentelle

Hon. David B. Sentelle
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Address: E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Fifth Floor, Room 5205
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 216-7330
Web site: http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Lawyer Profile:

Judge Sentelle was appointed United States Circuit Judge in October 1987, served as Chief Judge from February 11, 2008 until February 11, 2013, and took senior status on February 12, 2013. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School. Following law school, he practiced with the firm of Uzzell & DuMont until he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Charlotte, N.C. in 1970. From 1974 to 1977, he served as a North Carolina State District Judge but left the bench in 1977 to become a partner with the firm of Tucker, Hicks, Sentelle, Moon & Hodge. In 1985, Judge Sentelle joined the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, in Asheville, where he served until his appointment to the D.C. Circuit. Judge Sentelle was the Presiding Judge of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels (1992-2006). He also served as the Chair of the U.S. Judicial Conference's Executive Committee (2010-2013). Judge Sentelle serves as President of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of the American Inns of Court.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since February 12, 2013

Appointed 1987 by President Reagan
Bar Admissions:
North Carolina, 1968
U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1970
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1969
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1968
Honors: With Honors
Honors: Order of the Coif

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1965

Published Works:
Criminal Jurisdiction on the North Carolina Cherokee Indian Reservation - A Tangle of Race and History (Co-Author with Melanie T. Morris) 24 Wake Forest Law Review 335, 1989

Federalism and the Scope of the Federal Criminal Law, 26 American Criminal Law Review 1737, Spring, 1989

Civil RICO: The Judges' Perspective and Some Notes on Practice for North Carolina Lawyers, Judge D.B. Sentelle, 12 Campbell Law Review 145, Spring, 1990

Judicial Discretion, Aharon Barak, Book Review, 88 Michigan Law Review 1828, May, 1990

The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law, Robert H. Bork, Book Review, 14 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 225, Winter, 1991

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1977

Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991 - 1992

Visiting Professor, Florida State University, 1993

Honors and Awards:
Dameron Scholarship, 1966 - 1968

Walter Clark Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, 1968

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, 1975
Chapter President

North Carolina Bar Association

Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court

U.S. Judicial Conference's Judicial Security Committee

Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels, 1992 - 2006
Presiding Judge

Past Employment Positions:
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Chief Judge, February 11, 2008 - February 11, 2013

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Judge, 1987 - 2008

United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Judge, 1985 - 1987

Tucker, Hicks, Sentelle, Moon & Hodge, P.A., Charlotte, Partner, 1980 - 1985

Bryant, Hicks & Sentelle, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1977 - 1980

North Carolina General Courts of Justice, Charlotte, District Judge, 1974 - 1977

Charlotte, North Carolina, Assistant United States Attorney, 1970 - 1974

Uzzell & DuMont, Asheville, North Carolina, Private Practice, 1968 - 1970

Birth Information:
1943, Canton, North Carolina, United States of America

When viewing a listing, consider the state advertising restrictions to which lawyers and law firms must adhere, as well as our West Legal Directory disclaimers.