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Arlen Beam
Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   11/9/1987 - 2/1/2001
Senior:   2/1/2001 - Present
Preceded by:   Donald Roe Ross
Past post:   District of Nebraska
Past chief:   1986 - 1987
Past term:   11/18/1981 - 11/9/1987
Past position:   Seat #3
Personal History
Born:   1930
Hometown:   Stapleton, NE
Undergraduate:   U. of Nebraska, B.S., 1951
Law School:   U. of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1965
Military service:   U.S. Army 1951 - 1953

Clarence Arlen Beam (b. 1930) is a federal judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 1987 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Beam is serving on senior status. His duty station is based out of Lincoln, NE.

Early life and education

A native Nebraskan, Beam graduated from University of Nebraska with his bachelor's degree in and his juris doctor degree in 1965. Beam also served as a U.S. Army Captain from 1951 to 1953.[1]

Professional career

Beam spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Nebraska from 1965 to 1982.[1]

Judicial career

District of Nebraska

Beam was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska by Ronald Reagan on October 14, 1981 to a seat vacated by Robert Denney. Beam was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 18, 1981 on a senate vote and received commission on November 18, 1981. Beam served as chief judge of the court from 1986 to 1987 before ending his judgeship on November 9, 1987, due to appointment to Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.[1] Beam was succeeded in this position by William Cambridge.

Eighth Circuit

Beam was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on July 1, 1987 to a seat vacated by Donald Ross. Beam was confirmed by the Senate on November 6, 1987 and received commission on November 9, 1987[2]. Beam assumed senior status on February 1, 2001.[1]

Death threat

Judge Beam was subject to a death threat by an inmate in a Missouri prison. Jeffrey Phillips sent a threatening letter to judge after he was upset over how Beam handled a case involving his friends. Phillips pleaded guilty in his connection to threat and was sentenced to eight years in federal prison on March 22, 2010[3].

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Denney
District of Nebraska
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
William Cambridge
Preceded by:
Donald Ross
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
William Riley