June 1, 2005: Headlines: COS - Costa Rica: Jurisprudence: Associated Press: Federal Judge Richard Enslen (RPCV Costa Rica) to go on senior status

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Federal Judge Richard Enslen (RPCV Costa Rica) to go on senior status

Federal Judge Richard Enslen (RPCV Costa Rica) to go on senior status

Federal Judge Richard Enslen (RPCV Costa Rica) to go on senior status

Federal Judge Richard Enslen to go on senior status

Associated Press
June 1, 2005

LANSING, Mich. - U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen, who during his quarter-century on the federal bench has presided over cases involving tribal fishing rights, conditions in Michigan prisons and gender equity in high school sports, plans to go on senior status at the end of 2005.

Enslen, in a letter dated May 26, advised President Bush of his intention to go on senior status. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter on Wednesday.

The longtime judge, based in Kalamazoo, could still hear cases once he goes on senior status. But the change will create a vacancy for President Bush to fill later this year. Bush is also expected to name another new judge to the federal court in Lansing if current Judge David McKeague is confirmed for a seat on the 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

A call seeking comment from Enslen was left with his office.

Enslen was born in Kalamazoo in 1931, attended law school at Wayne State University and was director of the U.S. Peace Corps in Costa Rica from 1965-68. He served as a municipal and district court judge and had returned to private practice when then-President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the federal bench on Nov. 30, 1979, to a seat vacated by Noel Peter Fox.

He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 20, 1979, and served as chief judge of the Western District from 1995 through 2001.

U.S. District Judge Gordon J. Quist, based in Grand Rapids, said Enslen has always been supportive, even though Enslen was appointed by a Democrat and Quist was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.

"When I became a judge, I always went to him. He was always available and forthcoming," said Quist, who was appointed in 1992.

"Based on what I've heard so far, he intends to remain active as a judge in the Western District of Michigan, and I hope he does because he's been a real leader in the court, especially as it comes to alternative dispute resolution, where he really is a recognized national leader," Quist said.

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