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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||5/9/1994 - Present|
|Chief:||2001 - 2006|
|Preceded by:||104 Stat. 5089|
|Past post:||Macon Judicial District Superior Court|
|Home State:||Bradley, GA|
|Undergraduate:||Mercer U., B.A., 1971|
|Law School:||Mercer U. Law, J.D., 1974|
Early life and education
Born in Bradley, GA in 1949, Sands graduated from Mercer with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and later graduated from Mercer Law with his J.D. Degree in 1974. Sands also served in the U.S. Army Reserve Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1974 and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1974 to 1980.
Sands served as a Assistant district attorney in the Macon Judicial Circuit from 1975 to 1978 before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 1978 to 1987 before becoming a private practice attorney licensed in Georgia from 1987 to 1991 before becoming a Superior Court Judge in the Macon Judicial District Superior Court from 1991 to 1993.
Middle District of Georgia
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Sands was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia by President Bill Clinton on February 9, 1994 to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089 which was approved by Congress. Sands was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 1994 on a majority voice vote and received commission on May 9, 1994 . Sands served as the chief judge of the Middle District of Georgia from 2001 to 2006.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Middle District of Georgia
|Magistrate judges||Charles Weigle • Thomas Langstaff • M. Stephen Hyles •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|