ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Honorable Curtis L. Collier has been selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Sixth Circuit. The award will be presented May 14, 2015 at the Sixth Circuit’s Annual Judicial Conference in Detroit by Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., and Judge Pamela L. Reeves.
Collier is a Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee; he was nominated to the post by President William J. Clinton in 1995. Previously, Collier served as Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Chattanooga Branch Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district. He spent the early part of his career in the office of the U.S. attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana, eventually rising to become Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the General Crimes Unit. He was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Tulane University Law School; he also has taught at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina and at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
He served active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Department, fulfilling various roles at postings in Georgia, the Philippines, and California. He litigated approximately 30 cases before Courts-Martial or administrative boards.
Collier is a member of the Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court, as well as his respective local, state, and national bar associations. He serves on the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Federal Judicial Center’s District Judge Education Advisory Committee.
A native of Arkansas, Collier attended public schools and was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from Tennessee State University, where he was an Air Force ROTC scholarship recipient. Collier received his J.D. in 1974 from Duke University.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The award is presented at the circuit's judicial conference and recipients will be recognized in October at the 2015 American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.