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John Tinder
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   Indianapolis, IN
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/21/2007-2/18/2015
Senior:   2/18/2015-Present
Preceded by:   Daniel Manion
Past post:   Southern District of Indiana
Past term:   1987-2007
Past position:   Seat #4
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Indianapolis, IN
Undergraduate:   Indiana University, 1972
Law School:   Indiana University Law, 1975

John Daniel Tinder is an Article III federal judge on senior status for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the court in 2007 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Tinder intends to retire early in 2015.[1]


Tinder received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1972 and a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1975.[2]

Professional career

  • 1984-1987: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
  • 1980-1988: Adjunct professor, Indiana University School of Law
  • 1979-1982: Chief trial deputy, Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1977-1978: Public defender, Marion County Criminal Court
  • 1977-1984: Attorney in private practice, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1974-1977: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Indiana
  • 1974: Law clerk, Office of the United States Attorney, Indianapolis, Indiana[2]

Judicial career

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of Indiana U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Tinder was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President George W. Bush on July 17, 2007, to a seat vacated by Judge Daniel Manion as Manion assumed senior status. Tinder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 18, 2007, and received commission on December 21, 2007.[3] Tinder announced his retirement in an unconventional way when he told a law clerk applicant that he was not accepting new clerks because he was retiring in 2015.[1]

Southern District of Indiana

On the recommendation of Indiana U.S. Senators Dick Lugar and Dan Quayle, Tinder was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by President Ronald Reagan on June 2, 1987, to a seat vacated by Judge James Noland. Tinder was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 1987, and received commission on August 10, 1987. Service terminated on December 21, 2007, due to appointment to another judicial position.[4] Tinder was succeeded in this position by Judge William Lawrence.

Notable cases

IL abortion law case (2009)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Zbaraz et al., v. Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois, et at., US 08-1620, 08-1782)

Judge Tinder led a three-judge panel along with Judges Michael Kanne and Richard Cudahy on July 14, 2009, that removed an injunction against the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995.[5] The 1995 law required parental notification for abortions in Illinois. After the law was passed, it remained latent due to an injunction filed that prevented enforcement.[5]

Under the law, parents must be notified 48 hours before a girl age seventeen or younger obtains an abortion in Illinois. However, it does not require parental consent. The law also contains a provision to bypass the notification requirement by notifying a judge.[6]

After the law was passed a group of Illinois doctors demanded that Attorney General Jim Ryan should refrain from enforcing it due to complaints over the judicial bypass provision. Both sides agreed to a court order placing an injunction on enforcement of the law. It was not until 2006 that the Illinois Supreme Court allowed enforcement of the law, but the State was required to file a lawsuit to lift the injunction.[6]

The suit was filed in March of 2007, when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan petitioned federal judge David Coar to lift the injunction.[6] Judge Coar denied the petition, and subsequently, the Thomas More Society and the Illinois Catholic Conference filed an appeal to the Seventh Circuit.

The three judge panel decided in favor of the judicial bypass provision, stating, "the law is constitutional on its face under the relevant criteria for consent statutes, and therefore, it satisfies any criteria that are required for bypass provisions in notice statutes.”[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
James Noland
Southern District of Indiana
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
William Lawrence
Preceded by:
Daniel Manion
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: