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Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington

Last modified: Friday, September 26, 2008

Bush nominates Indiana Law alum for Seventh Circuit

Sept. 26, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- President George W. Bush today nominated Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington alumnus Phillip Simon to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Simon, JD'87, currently serves as the U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Indiana. He has held that position since 2003.

According to the White House, as a district judge, Simon has written opinions on a wide range of complex and civil criminal matters. The Seventh Circuit is the last stop prior to being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court for cases in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Simon would replace retired Judge Kenneth F. Ripple.

Simon has had a distinguished legal career, ranging from serving as an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, to serving as assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. In that capacity, Simon oversaw all criminal prosecutions in the Northern District of Indiana and supervised a task force on public corruption.

Simon earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1984, before coming to Indiana Law to pursue his law degree.