The sixth AnnualWilliam French Smith Memorial Lecture
The Law of Climate Change Mock Oral Argument Bench
The Honorable David B. Sentelle
CHIEF JUDGE SENTELLE was appointed as a Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in October 1987. He became Chief Judge on February 11, 2008.
Prior to his appointment to the D.C. Circuit, Chief Judge Sentelle served as a district
judge for the U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, in
Asheville, North Carolina. From 1992 to 2006, he was the Presiding Judge of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels.
He is a 1968 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. 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.
Chief Judge Sentelle has taught and lectured at several law schools,
including George Mason School of Law, on the subject of national security law.
He is a regular faculty member on the annual seminar for judges on national
security law co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and Duke Law School.
Chief Judge Sentelle serves as President of the Edward Bennett Williams
Inn of the American Inns of Court. He is also the Chair of the U.S. Judicial
Conference's Executive Committee.