Judge Roy Altman, Southern Florida U.S. District Court 

Judge Judge Roy Altman

Southern Florida U.S. District Court 

Roy Kalman Altman was born in 1982 in Caracas, Venezuela. He earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He clerked at the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. 

Altman served six years as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, then entered private practice. 

President Donald Trump nominated Altman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. His nomination expired and was returned to the president who renominated Altman for the federal judgeship. After a cloture vote, Altman was confirmed by the Senate. He received his judicial commission in April 2019. 

In the News…

U.S. District Court Judge Roy Altman dismissed a case against Florida’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act brought by a transgender volleyball player.

In his 39-page opinion, Judge Altman wrote, “Today, we were asked whether a law that separates public school sports teams by biological sex violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We find that it does not.” 

“In our case, SB 1028’s gender-based classifications are rooted in real differences between the sexes — not stereotypes,” Judge Altman ruled. “In requiring schools to designate sports-team memberships on the basis of biological sex, the statute adopts the uncontroversial proposition that most men and women do have different (and innate) physical attributes.” 

“The law, after all, doesn’t discriminate against transgender students,” Judge Altman said. “In addition to allowing transgender athletes of both sexes to play on coed (or mixed) teams, the law explicitly allows transgender boys to try out and play for boys’ sports teams. If the law had intended to discriminate against transgender student-athletes, in other words, it’s done a very poor job of it.” 

Contact this Leader…

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

The Honorable Roy K. Altman 
Southern Florida U.S. District Court 
Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. U.S. Courthouse 
400 North Miami Ave. 
Miami, FL 33128 


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