Alice M. Batchelder was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in April 1985, after serving for two years as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. In December 1991, she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Judge Batchelder earned her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and taught English in junior high and high school for several years before entering law school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and practiced for eleven years with the family firm of Williams and Batchelder in Medina, Ohio, before being appointed to the bankruptcy court. After her appointment to the district court, she earned her LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Judge Batchelder and her husband, Bill, now a judge on the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals but for 30 years a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, live in Medina, Ohio. They have two grown children.