Jurisdiction shopping made simple

by Ray Ring

Dee Benson

U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah A former staffer for Sen. Orrin Hatch; appointed in 1991 by Republican George H.W. Bush

Quick take Off-road drivers love his courtroom

Anti-green cases
Pro-green cases


Don Molloy

U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana Appointed in 1996 by Democrat Bill Clinton

Quick take One of the greenest judges in the West

Pro-green cases
Anti-green cases

Alan Angus McDonald

U.S. District Court in Yakima, Washington Appointed in 1985 by Republican Ronald Reagan

Quick take Judge presiding over Hanford nuclear pollution got busted for conflict of interest and passing racist notes in court

Anti-green cases
Pro-green cases

B. Lynn Winmill

U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho Appointed in 1995 by Democrat Bill Clinton

Quick take Counterpoint to Idaho’s arch-Republican climate

Pro-green cases
Anti-green cases

Michael Hogan

U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon Appointed in 1991 by Republican George H.W. Bush

Quick take Hard on old growth, and lately, salmon

Anti-green cases
Pro-green cases

Edward Lodge

U.S. District Court in Boise, Idaho Appointed in 1989 by Republican George H.W. Bush

Quick take Never met a timber sale he didn’t like, but willing to listen on some issues

Pro-green cases
Anti-green cases

Clarence Brimmer

U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming Appointed in 1975 by Republican Gerald Ford

Quick take Mostly uphill slogging for green lawyers Anti-green cases
Pro-green cases

James Parker

U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico Appointed in 1997 by Republican Ronald Reagan

Quick takes Champion of tiny desert fish and more

Pro-green cases
Anti-green cases

Sam Haddon

U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana Appointed in 2001 by Republican George W. Bush

Quick take First George W. Bush judge in West

Anti-green cases
Pro-green cases
© High Country News