Judge Matthew McFarland, Southern Ohio U.S. District Court

Judge Matthew McFarland 

Southern Ohio U.S. District Court

Matthew Walden McFarland was born in August 1967 in Portsmouth, Ohio.   He earned an undergraduate degree from Capital University and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. He entered into private practice. 

McFarland served as assistant city solicitor for Portsmouth, Ohio. He served as a Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor and acted as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General.  He was a Licking County Assistant County Prosecutor.  He served as the Magistrate in Scioto County Common Pleas Court Probate/Juvenile Division and as Chairman of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, Juvenile Section. 

He is an adjunct professor for Shawnee State University and formerly taught constitutional law at Capital University. 

President Donald Trump nominated McFarland to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The nomination occurred late in the year and expired without action being taken. He was renominated by President Trump, and after the invocation of cloture, his nomination was confirmed by a 56-38 vote of the Senate. He received his judicial commission December 31, 2019. 

He is an Eagle Scout. 

In the News…

A temporary injunction was granted on the Air Force’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all the branch’s members requesting a religious exemption. 

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew McFarland of the Southern District of Ohio granted the injunction, giving the government seven days to respond and explain “why this Court should not grant a class-wide preliminary injunction.” 

The injunction applies to personnel across the entire Air Force and Space Force, including Air Force Reserve, who submitted a Religious Accommodation Request. No punishment, discipline, or adverse action may be taken against the military members under the injunction. 

The judge said the airmen faced injury from the “violation of their constitutional freedom by Defendants’ clear policy of discrimination against religious accommodation requests.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge McFarland today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Matthew McFarland 
Southern Ohio U.S. District Court 
Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse 
100 East Fifth St. 
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 


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