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Judge S. Arthur Spiegel


Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, Room 838
100 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 564-7620

Judge Spiegel received a BA from the University of Cincinnati in 1942; served in World War II in the Pacific to Captain, United States Marine Corps, 1942 to 1946, First Marine Division; obtained his LL.B. from Harvard University in 1948 (postgraduate University of Cincinnati 1949). His former employment includes Kasfir & Chalfie from 1948 to 1952; Benedict, Bartlett & Shepard from 1952 to 1953; Gould & Gould from 1953 to 1954; Gould & Spiegel from 1954 to 1959; Cohen, Baron, Druffel & Hogan in 1960; and Cohen, Todd, Kite & Spiegel from 1961 to 1980.

On April 5, 1980, Judge Spiegel was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, by President Jimmy Carter, confirmed on May 20, 1980, and entered on duty on June 5, 1980. On June 5, 1995, he took Senior Status. He continues his service on the Court.

Judge Spiegel is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He was a lecturer on labor law, debtor/creditor rights, and appellate advocacy at the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 1970 through 1975; Delegate, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1967 through 1970; Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1971 to the present; District Judge Representative for the Sixth Circuit , United States Judicial Conference 1996 and 1997; He was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters by Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, 1996; Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, 1997; Award of Recognition, Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, 1995.

He has served on numerous Boards of Trustees in the community, including, the Mayors Friendly Relations Committee from 1961 to 1965; Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, 1967 to 1973, serving as its first Chairman, 1965 to 1967; Board Trustee, Bowling Green State University, 1973 to 1981; Trustee and Trustee Emeritus, The National Conference for Community and Justice, 1973 to present.

In recent years, Judge Spiegel has served on the Roundtable of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bar Association, whose function is to broaden the opportunities in the legal profession for minorities. He regularly meets with students of local high schools regarding the role of the courts in our society, as well as conducting naturalization ceremonies in the local schools. He has also written op-ed articles on matters of general public interest concerning constitutional governance.

He is married to the former Louise Wachman, and they have four sons, Thomas, Arthur M., Andrew and Roger, and seven grandchildren.