May 16, 2018: Michael Y. Scudder was confirmed as a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Seventh Circuit by the U.S. Senate on Monday, May 14, 2018. Scudder, of Illinois, was previously a partner at the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. Before he entered private practice, he was a Law Clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Paul Niemeyer of the Fourth Circuit, and to U.S. Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy in 1999 and 2000. Scudder was then a lawyer for two years at Jones Day in Cleveland. He was then an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the National Security team at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2007 to 2009, he worked at the White House Counsel’s Office and as the General Counsel of the White House National Security Council. Scudder was born in 1971. He received his law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.