Judge Andrew Oldham, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Andrew Oldham 

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Andrew Stephen Oldham was born in 1978 in Richmond, Virginia. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, received a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 

Oldham worked as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel during the George W. Bush administration. He then clerked for Justice Samuel Alito at the U.S. Supreme Court. He served in the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas as Deputy Solicitor General, then entered into private practice. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. 

President Donald Trump nominated Oldham to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After a cloture vote, his nomination was narrowly confirmed by the Senate. He received his commission in July 2018. 

In the News…

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s order blocking a Texas law that stops large social media platforms from removing political posts, a loss for tech companies that claim their content moderation decisions are protected by the Constitution. 

“Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” Judge Andrew S. Oldham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, said in the court’s ruling. One member of the three-judge panel dissented from portions of the ruling. 

The law makes it possible for individuals or the Texas attorney general’s office to sue social media platforms with more than 50 million monthly users in the United States for taking down political viewpoints. The legislation is the result of objections to posts being taken down largely because they were identified as violations of the social media platforms’ rules. 

Contact this Leader…

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

The Honorable Andrew Oldham 
Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 
600 Camp Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130 


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