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|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Richard Nixon|
|Active:||4/23/1971 - 4/8/1987|
|Senior:||4/8/1987 - 11/7/11|
|Home State:||Lusk, WY|
|Deceased:||November 7, 2011|
|Law School:||U. of Wyoming Law '49|
|Military service:||U.S. Army, 1942-1945|
James Emmett Barrett was a Federal Appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He passed away on November 7, 2011 at the age of 89.
Early life and education
Barrett graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1949. Barrett also served in the U.S. Army on active duty from 1942 to 1945
Barrett also worked as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Wyoming from 1949 to 1967. Also, Barrett served as Secretary-treasurer for the Niobara County Republican Central Committee from 1950-1966 and also as a Prosecuting attorney, for Niobara County 1951 to 1962 and as Town attorney for the Town of Lusk from 1954 to 1956. Also, Barrett also served as a Attorney-Counsel for the Niobrara Consolidated School District from 1952 to 1962 before being elected by the people of Wyoming Attorney General of Wyoming in 1966 and was re-elected to a second term in 1970 before being nominated to the Federal Bench in 1971.
Federal judicial career
On the recommendation of the entire Wyoming Congressional Delegation, Barrett was nominated by President Richard Nixon on March 25, 1971 to a seat vacated by John Hickey as Hickey assumed senior status. Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 21, 1971 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 23, 1971. Barrett later assumed senior status on April 8, 1987. He served in this capacity until he passed away on November 7, 2011 at the age of 89.
- News: Judge Barrett dies at the age of 89, November 10, 2011
- Oral history interview with Judge James Barrett provided by the Wyoming State Archives
|Former judges||William E. Doyle • Robert Henry • Michael McConnell • Robert McWilliams • James Barrett • John Hazelton Cotteral • Robert E. Lewis • Robert Williams • Orie Leon Phillips • George Thomas McDermott • Sam Gilbert Bratton • Alfred Murrah • Walter Huxman • David Thomas Lewis • Jean Breitenstein • Delmas Hill • John Hickey • James Logan • John Pickett • Oliver Seth •|
|Former Chief judges|