Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton

Board Member
Outside Position: 
U.S. Court of Appeals
Outside Organization: 
Sixth Circuit

Judge Jeffrey Sutton has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2003. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Sutton was a partner with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, where he practiced appellate law and constitutional and commercial litigation. He served as State Solicitor of Ohio, where he oversaw appellate litigation on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General and participated in complex litigation on her behalf at the trial level, from 1995-98. After earning his law degree at Ohio State University in 1990, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr. and Antonin Scalia in 1991-92 and for Judge Thomas J. Meskill on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1990-91.

Judge Sutton has argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and filed over 50 merits and amicus curiae briefs at the Supreme Court. He has also argued 15 cases in state Supreme Courts. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Lawsince 1994 and more recently as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He teaches state constitutional law, a subject in which he is particularly interested and about which he has written repeatedly, as well as legal writing and ethics.

Sutton received his B.A. from Williams College in 1983. After graduating from college and prior to law school, Sutton taught history and geography and was the baseball and varsity soccer coach at The Columbus Academy, a private school in Gahanna, Ohio.

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