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Michael Stephen Kanne, American federal judge. Bar: Indiana 1968. Named Outstanding Alumnus, Today's Catholic Teacher, 1991; recipient Distinguished Service award, St. Joseph's College, 1973, Distinguished Graduate award, National Catholic Educational Association.


Kanne, Michael Stephen was born on December 21, 1938 in Rensselaer, Indiana, United States. Son of Allen Raymond and Jane (Robinson) Kanne.


Student, St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, 1957—1958. Bachelor of Science, Indiana University, 1962. Juris Doctor, Indiana University, 1968.

Postgraduate, Boston University, 1963. Postgraduate, University Birmingham, England, 1975.


Born in Rensselaer, Indiana, Kanne received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1962. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1965, then received a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1968. He was in private practice in Rensselaer, Indiana from 1968 to 1972, working as a city attorney for the City of Rensselaer in 1972.

He was a judge on the 30th Judicial Circuit of Indiana from 1972 to 1982, and was a lecturer at St. Joseph's College from 1976 to 1989, and at St. Frances College from 1990 to 1991. On December 4, 1981, Kanne was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana vacated by Phil M. McNagny. Kanne was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 8, 1982, and received his commission on February 9, 1982.

On February 2, 1987, Reagan elevated Kanne to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Jesse Ernest Eschbach. Kanne was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 19, 1987, and received his commission on May 20, 1987.


Board visitors Indiana U. School Law, since 1987, Indiana U. School Public and Environmental Affairs, since 1991. Trustee St. Joseph's College, since 1984. Served to First lieutenant United States Air Force, 1962-1965.

Member Federal Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association (board directors 1977-1979, Presdl.citation 1979), Jasper County Bar Association (president 1972-1976), Tippecanoe County Bar Association, Law Alumni Association Indiana U. (president 1980).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations, horseback riding, weightlifting.


Married Judith Ann Stevens, June 22, 1963. Children: Anne, Katherine.