Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle has served as a federal judge in Florida. Notably, the Senate vote confirming her to the lifetime appointment occurred after the presidential election in mid-November 2020. The American Bar Association had given her a "not qualified" rating based on her limited post-law school experience.
Mizelle was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1987 and earned a law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2012, following an undergraduate degree from Covenant College, a Christian liberal arts college in Georgia.
Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as an associate at the Washington, DC, law firm Jones Day and as an adjunct law professor at her alma mater. Mizelle has held four federal clerkships throughout her career, including one from 2018 to 2019 with US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
United States District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle on Monday invalidated the federal mask mandate for aeroplanes and other modes of public transportation, According To Uswhispers.com concluding in a 59-page ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded their authority and did not follow proper rulemaking procedures.
This decision, which resulted in United States airlines and other transportation hubs suspending their mask mandates immediately, has elicited mixed reactions from travellers and concern from experts.