Judge Trevor McFadden, District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Judge Trevor McFadden 

District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Trevor Neil McFadden was born in June 1978 in Alexandria, Virginia. He earned an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He clerked at the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and served as counsel to the United States Deputy Attorney General. He also has experience as a law enforcement officer. He spent four years in private practice. He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. 

McFadden was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in October 2017. 

He is an Anglican. 

In the News…

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden has allowed a lawsuit to continue that alleges the move by President Biden’s administration to halt border wall projects and immigration policies that began under President Trump has had a negative impact on the environment. 

The lawsuit filed by a nonprofit group alleges eleven claims of harm against the environment. The judge said they can proceed on nine of the eleven claims against the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State. 

“The Coalition contends that three federal agencies have not complied with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires agencies to perform environmental impact analysis before taking certain actions,” Judge McFadden wrote in his ruling . “According to the Coalition, the agencies’ disregard of NEPA caused environmental harm. The agencies move to dismiss all claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim. At this initial stage, the Court finds that it has jurisdiction.” 

The lawsuit states President Biden’s administration failed to consider the impacts before taking action to reverse policies that affect the southern border. 

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six residents in Arizona, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania who claim a negative impact to their land and well-being as a result of the government’s actions since early 2021. One such plaintiff, Arizona cattle rancher Steven Smith, said illegal migration through his border-adjacent land has hurt his property and scared his family. 

The suit states that President Biden’s administration rescinded the remaining 350 miles of border wall projects, stopped forcing asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico through court proceedings, and increased capacity for refugee programs, all without consideration of the impact those actions could have on the environment. 

Contact this Leader…

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

The Honorable Trevor McFadden 
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse 
333 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20001 


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