Henry Wingate

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Henry Wingate
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Station:   Jackson, MS
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/17/1985 - Present
Chief:   2003 - 2010
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Jackson, MS
Undergraduate:   Grinnell College, B.A., 1969
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1972
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1973 - 1976, Reserves 1983 - Present

Henry Travillion Wingate is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Wingate began serving as Chief Judge of the court in 2003.

Early life and education

A Mississippi native, Wingate graduated from Grinnell College of Iowa with his bachelor's degree in 1969 and later graduated from Yale Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1972.[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Community Legal Aid, Jackson, Mississippi, 1972-1973
  • Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1973
  • Lieutenant, Naval Legal Services Office, U.S. Navy, 1973-1976
  • Senior assistant defense counsel, 1973-1974
  • Trial counsel, 1974-1976
  • Adjunct instructor, Golden Gate University, 1975-1976
  • Adjunct lecturer, Tidewater Community College, 1976
  • Special assistant attorney general, State of Mississippi, 1976-1980
  • Adjunct professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1978-1983
  • Assistant district attorney, Seventh Circuit Court District, State of Mississippi, 1980-1984
  • U.S. Navy Reserve, 1983-
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of Mississippi, 1984-1985[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Mississippi

On the recommendation of Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, Wingate was nominated to the Southern District of Mississippi by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1985 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was approved by Congress. Wingate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1985. Wingate has served as the court's chief judge since 2003.[1]

Notable cases

Criticisms of case delays

Judge Wingate was criticized by a three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 25, 2010, for failing to enter a judgment in a case in which a person won $1.3 million on a 2002 jury verdict against his former employer.

Fifth Circuit judge Grady Jolly criticized the court for being slow in resolving cases as the Mississippi court had previous complaints filed against them to the circuit's judicial council.

Jolly also emphasized in his ruling that the court must seek the resources of the Fifth Circuit to prevent any problems they seem necessary.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
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Southern District of Mississippi
Seat #4
Succeeded by:

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