David Dowd

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David Dowd
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   9/23/1982 - 6/30/1996
Senior:   6/30/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   Leroy Contie
Succeeded by:   Dan Polster
Personal History
Born:   1929
Hometown:   Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate:   College of Wooster, B.A., 1951
Law School:   University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1954
Military service:   U.S. Army 1955 - 1957

David Dudley Dowd, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio one of the largest federal courts in the nation. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Dowd is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Cleveland, Dowd graduated from Wooster College with his bachelor's degree in 1951 and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954.[1]

Professional career

After law school, Dowd started out as a Private Practice Attorney in Massillon, OH from 1954 to 1955 before joining the US Army and served two years on active duty from 1955 to 1957. After serving in the Army, Dowd re-entered into private practice again in Massillon, OH from 1957 to 1975. In addition to his private practice work, Dowd was also a Councilman for Massillon, OH in 1960 and worked in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Stark County first as a Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 1961 to 1967 and as a lead prosecuting attorney from 1967 to 1975. In 1975, Dowd was elected as a Judge for the first time as a judge in the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1980. In 1980, Dowd was appointed by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes to fill in a vacancy in the Ohio Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. In 1981, Dowd went into private practice in Canton, OH from 1981 to 1982 when he was appointed to the Federal Bench.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Ohio

On the recommendation of Ohio Congressman Delbert Latta, Dowd was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on August 24, 1982, to a seat vacated by Leroy John Contie, Jr as Contie assumed Senior Status. Dowd was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 22, 1982 and received commission on September 23, 1982. Dowd later assumed senior status on June 30, 1996.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Leroy Contie
Northern District of Ohio
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Dan Polster

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