Joseph Bataillon

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Joseph Bataillon
Placeholder image.png
Do you have a photo that could go here? Submit it for this profile by emailing us!
Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/18/1997-10/3/2014
Chief:   2004-2011
Senior:   10/3/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Lyle Strom
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Nebraska
Undergraduate:   Creighton University, 1971
Law School:   Creighton University School of Law, 1974

Joseph F. Bataillon is an Article III federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Bataillon served as the chief judge of the court from 2004 to 2011. He assumed senior status effective October 3, 2014.[1]


Bataillon graduated from Creighton University in Omaha with both his bachelor's and J.D. degrees in 1971 and 1974.[2]

Professional career

Bataillon began his legal career as a deputy public defender for indigent clients in Douglas County from 1974 to 1980. From 1980 to 1997, he worked in private practice.[2]

Judicial career

District of Nebraska

On the recommendation of Senator Bob Kerrey, Bataillon was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 7, 1997, to a seat vacated by Judge Lyle Strom, as Strom took senior status. Bataillion was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 11, 1997, on a unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on September 18, 1997.[2][3] He assumed senior status on October 3, 2014.[4]

Notable cases

Out-of-state petitions signers ruling (2011)

     United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (Citizens in Charge v. Gale, No. 4:09CV3255)

In 2011, Judge Bataillon presided over a case where the difficulty of collecting signatures for petitions was in question. Bataillon ruled that a law that required petitions only be circulated by Nebraska citizens of at least age 18, to be unconstitutional. The ruling allowed people from outside of Nebraska to collect signatures for a petition. The case stemmed from petitions that were aimed at recalling Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.[5]

See also

External links


Political offices
Preceded by:
Lyle Strom
District of Nebraska
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

NebraskaNebraska Supreme CourtNebraska Court of AppealsNebraska District CourtsNebraska County CourtsNebraska Separate Juvenile CourtsNebraska Workers' Compensation CourtNebraska Workers' Compensation CourtNebraska Problem-Solving CourtsUnited States District Court for the District of NebraskaUnited States bankruptcy court, District of NebraskaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eighth CircuitNebraska countiesNebraska judicial newsNebraska judicial electionsJudicial selection in NebraskaNebraskaTemplate.jpg