David B. Sentelle

Edenfield Jurist in Residence

J.D., University of North Carolina


Persuading the Judge and Jury

Biographical Information: 

David B. Sentelle served as chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 2008 to 2013, when he assumed senior status. Prior to his service on this court, which began in 1987, he served as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina; as an assistant U.S. attorney and as an associate and partner in private practice.

Sentelle has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina, Florida State University and George Mason University law schools. He also served on the faculty of the national security training for judges co-sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and Duke University School of Law and served as an advisor to the Department of Defense working group on the revision of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Sentelle served as presiding judge of the Special Division of the Court for the Appointment of Independent Counsels from 1992 to 2006. He served as Chairman of the United States Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security from 2005 to 2008. He served on the Judicial Conference Executive Committee 2008 to 2013, and as chair of that Committee from 2010 to 2013. He is also past president of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of the American Inns of Court. He was named as the recipient of the 2008 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award in the District of Columbia Circuit.

Sentelle earned his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina.