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David Tatel

“I obviously have strong personal feelings. All judges do. The trick to judging is to discipline yourself to think about the case not through your own policy perspective, but from the perspective of the law. What are the neutral legal principles that should control this case? What are the facts of the case?”

Judge David S. Tatel has served on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1994. Building on a career dedicated to the public interest, involving both government service and private practice, he has distinguished himself as a jurist, writing opinions involving the environment, civil rights, national security, and freedom of speech.