John Daniel Tinder

John Daniel Tinder

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John Daniel Tinder (born 1950) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Tinder is a native Hoosier, and went to Indiana University for college and law school. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972, and his law degree in 1975. While in law school, Tinder worked at the U.S. Attorney's office in Indianapolis during 1974, and he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 1974, a position he stayed in until 1977.

In 1977, Tinder entered into private practice in Indianapolis, which he continued in until 1984 when he returned to the United States Attorney Office in Indianapolis, this time as its leader. In addition to his work in the private sector, Tinder served as a public defender from 1977-1978 for the Marion County Criminal Court. From 1979-1982, Tinder was chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

Tinder was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court by President Ronald Reagan on June 2, 1987, to replace Judge James Noland on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him just two months later on August 7, 1987. Before joining the bench, Tinder had been the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana since 1984. A detailed and revealing interview of Judge Tinder can be found on the blog "Underneath there Robes" at...
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