Judge Michael Y. Scudder Jr.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Adjunct Professor of Law
Judge Michael Scudder was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Donald J. Trump on Feb. 15, 2018, and received his commission on May 21, 2018. After earning his J.D. at Northwestern University, Judge Scudder was a law clerk for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1998-99 and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1999-2000. Judge Scudder is a Certified Public Accountant worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young before entering law school. He practiced at Jones Day in Cleveland before entering public service as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also served as counsel to the deputy attorney general on the National Security team and, from 2007 to 2009, in the White House Counsel’s office and as the general counsel for the National Security Council. He practiced law as a partner with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Chicago from 2009 to 2018 before taking the bench.