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Catherine Caldwell Eagles
Judge of the "United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Assumed office
December 22, 2010
Appointed by "Barack Obama
Preceded by "Norwood Carlton Tilley, Jr.
Personal details
Born Catherine Diane Caldwell
(1958-08-30) August 30, 1958 (age 59)
"Memphis, "Tennessee
Education "Rhodes College ("B.A.)
"George Washington University Law School ("J.D.)

Catherine Caldwell Eagles (born August 30, 1958[1]) is a "United States District Judge of the "United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and a former "Superior Court judge in "Guilford County, "North Carolina. She is the first female judge to serve in the Middle District.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Eagles was born Catherine Diane Caldwell in "Memphis, Tennessee in 1958.[3] She graduated from "Rhodes College (then called Southwestern at Memphis) in 1979 with a "Bachelor of Arts degree.[3] In 1982, she earned a "Juris Doctor from "George Washington University Law School.[3]

Legal career[edit]

After law school, Eagles served as a staff law clerk for the "United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and as a clerk to judge "J. Smith Henley.[3] After her clerkship, Eagles worked from 1984 to 1993 as an associate and partner at Smith, Helms, Mullis & Moore in "Greensboro, "North Carolina. In 1993 she was appointed to a seat as a resident superior court judge based in Greensboro. She was elected to serve the remainder of the term in 1994 and re-elected in 1996 and 2004 to eight-year terms.[4] In 2006 she became the senior resident superior court judge in Guilford County.[4][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 10, 2010 President "Barack Obama nominated Eagles to a seat in the Middle District of North Carolina that came open when "N. Carlton Tilley assumed senior status.[3] Eagles had a hearing in front of the "Senate Judiciary Committee on April 16, 2010 and her nomination was reported to the full Senate on May 6, 2010. The Senate approved her nomination on December 16, 2010, during the "lame duck session of the "111th Congress.[5][6] She received her commission on December 22, 2010.

Notable cases[edit]

In 2012, she presided over U.S. v. Johnny Reid Edwards, where former presidential candidate and senator "John Edwards was charged with campaign finance violations.

In January 2014, she struck down as unconstitutional a North Carolina law, similar to one ruled unconstitutional in Oklahoma, that would have required doctors and other authorized health care providers to perform an ultrasound, with the image placed in the woman's line of sight and describe the image to the woman, even if the woman and doctor both object. The case was brought by doctors, who objected to being forced to deliver what they viewed as partisan messages with which they disagreed.


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Preceded by
"Norwood Carlton Tilley, Jr.
Judge of the "United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
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