Judge Raymond M. Kethledge was confirmed on June 24, 2008, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Judge Kethledge is a highly accomplished and well-respected attorney who has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country.
Judge Kethledge is known for his outstanding intellect, excellent writing skills, strong work ethic, and integrity.
Judge Kethledge has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney, at both the trial and appellate levels, and as a public servant.
Beginning in 2003, Mr. Kethledge worked as a partner in the law firm of Bush Seyferth Kethledge and Paige PLLC, representing clients ranging from DaimlerChrysler Corporation and Genworth Financial to an individual criminal defendant.
Judge Kethledge has appeared frequently in court, briefing and arguing appeals and motions in class actions and other complex litigation.
Prior to returning to Michigan in 1998 to join the prestigious Detroit firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Judge Kethledge served with distinction as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Ralph Guy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Judge Kethledge served as Counsel to then-Senator Spencer Abraham, handling matters related to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge Kethledge has exceptional academic credentials and professional training.
He served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Ralph Guy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, in 1993. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in history in 1989.
Judge Kethledge has long been dedicated to pro bono service and charitable causes. He has used his legal skills to assist numerous individuals on a pro bono basis.
He and his former firm were very active in the community, sponsoring fundraisers and scholarship programs.
Judge Kethledge worked with Community Legal Services, a provider of legal services to the disadvantaged in Michigan, helping numerous homeowners keep their homes.
He has also worked with the New Leaders New Schools charitable organization, which assists in placing school principals in economically depressed areas.