If she’d wanted to, Fifth Circuit Judge Carolyn Dineen King (pictured) could have scaled back her work and taken senior status ten years ago. But after 34 years on the court, King, who served as the court’s chief justice from 1999 until 2006, finally decided it’s time to take advantage of a reduced workload and will take senior status on December 31.
“I’m looking forward to being a senior judge. My whole professional life I’ve always worked for various charities. I’m doing it now and this gives me the opportunity to do more of that,” says King, who serves as vice chair of Baylor College of Medicine, board of trustees.
Meanwhile, the White House is considering an interesting potential list of candidates to replace King and two of her other Fifth Circuit benchmates from Texas who took senior status last year.
--- John Council