Challenges Facing the Federal Judiciary


Rodney Sippel

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Judge Sippel is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tulsa. He received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1981. He is a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missour and was confirmed as a District Judge by the United States Senate in November of 1998.

In 2009 Judge Sippel was chosen by the District and Circuit Judges of the Eighth Circuit to serve on the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Judicial Conference is the official policy making body of the United States Judiciary. Upon his selection to the Judicial Conference, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Sippel to the Judicial Conference’s Executive Committee. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee, Judge Sippel serves as the Executive Committee liaison to the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal and State Jurisdiction, the Ad Hoc Committee on Courts and The New Media and the liaison between the Federal Judiciary and the Conference of State Court Justices. Before his appointment to the Judicial Conference’s Executive Committee, Judge Sippel served on the Judicial Conference’s Judicial Branch Committee from 2001 through 2010 where he was chair of the Travel Regulations Subcommittee. Judge Sippel served on the Jury Instructions Committee of the Eighth Circuit from 2004 through 2010 and the Eastern District of Missouri Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee. The Multi-District Panel on Litigation has referred multi-district cases to Judge Sippel including the Metoprolol Succinate patent litigation, the Celexa/Lexapro products liability litigation and most recently the Nuvaring products liability litigation.