Judge Amy St. Eve, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Amy St. Eve

Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Amy Joan St. Eve was born in November 1965 in Belleville, Illinois. She earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and received her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School. She entered the private practice of law in New York City.

She was an associate independent counsel at the Whitewater Independent Counsel’s Office in Little Rock, Arkansas, for two years. She served five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, later becoming senior counsel to a private company. 

St. Eve was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern  District of Illinois. She was confirmed by the Senate and received her commission in August 2002. She was considered by the Trump administration for the position of Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the dismissal of James Comey, but she did not receive that job.   

Instead, President Donald Trump nominated her to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was confirmed by the Senate in a 91-0 vote and received her commission in May 2018.

She is married to Howard Chrisman and has three children.

In the News…

Two federal judges testified that a judiciary budget of $8.6 billion is needed to keep pace with inflation and to pay for important new investments in courthouse security, IT modernization, and cybersecurity. They also requested staffing to address workload increases caused by issues outside the judiciary’s control. 

U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy St. Eve, who is also chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Budget, said the judiciary is especially concerned about properly funding IT and cybersecurity needs. 

“A combination of constant technical innovation and long-term underinvestment has left a number of our major systems and applications out of date and, thus, inefficient, difficult to maintain, and at regular risk of failure,” Judge St. Eve said. “The second dynamic is security. … [E]ven our newer IT assets face security risks as the threat environment is constantly evolving and increasing in sophistication.” 

Judge St. Eve said investment also is needed to protect the safety of courthouses and judges. This includes funding to protect courthouses from external attack, install or upgrade security systems and equipment, and reduce the online availability of personal information that might put judges and their families at risk. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge St. Eve today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Judge Amy J. St. Eve
Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604


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