Hon. Carolyn Dineen King

United States Circuit Judge

Current Position

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
515 Rusk Street
Room 11020
Houston, TX 77002-2694

Tel: 713-250-5750
Fax: 713-250-5050

Class: XXII (2011)Circuit: Fifth


Smith College, A.B., summa cum laude (1959)
Yale Law School, L.L.B. (1962)

Professional Career

Circuit Judge (1979-), Chief Judge (1999-06), U.S.Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit
Partner, Sullivan, Bailey, King, Randall & Sabom (1978-79)
Partner, Childs, Fortenbach, Beck & Guyton (1972-78)
Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski (1962-72)


Judicial Conference of the U.S. (1999-06): Executive Committee (2000-05); Chair, Executive Committee (2002-05), Judicial Ethics Committee (1984-91)
American Law Institute: Member of Council (1991-); Executive Committee (1997-99; 2007-13); Treasurer (2009-13); Adviser, Transnational Insolvency Project (2003); Adviser, Restatement of the Law Third-Torts: Products Liability (1998)
The Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwestern Legal Foundation): Research Fellow (1989-); Chair of the Research Fellows (1993-94)


"Challenges to Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law: A Perspective from the Circuit Courts," Marquette Law Review, Hallows Lecture at Marquette University School of Law Feb 2007 Author and Lecturer
"Current Challenges to the Federal Judiciary," Louisiana State University Law Review 2005 Author


Federal Judiciary, Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award (2007)
Syracuse University Doctor of Laws Degree, H.C., (2006)
American Bar Association, Margaret Brent Award (2005)
National Association of Women Judges Honoree of the Year, (2005)
University of St. Thomas Doctor of Letters Degree, H.C., (2001)
Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Greater Houston, Outstanding Alumnus Award (1998)
Smith College Medal, (1997)