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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Arizona|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||8/1/1996 - 8/3/2010|
|Senior:||8/3/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Richard Bilby|
|Home State:||Safford, AZ|
|Bachelors:||U. of Arizona, B.A., 1966|
|Law School:||U. of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1973|
Frank Zapata is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Zapata assumed senior status on August 3, 2010.
Early life and education
A native Arizonan, Zapta graduated from Eastern Arizona College with his Bachelor's Degree in 1964 and later graduated from the University of Arizona with his Bachelor's Degree in 1966 and Juris Doctorate Degree in 1973.
Zapata began his legal career as a Staff Attorney in the Pima County Legal Aid Society assisting low income clients from 1973 to 1974. Zapta also decided to spend the rest of his legal career helping those who could not afford legal representation as a Assistant federal public defender for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona from 1974 to 1984 and then was promoted to Chief Federal Deputy Public Defender for the District of Arizona from 1984 to 1994. From 1988 to 1990, Zapta also served as the Assistant adjunct professor for the University of Arizona College of Law from 1988 to 1990.
District of Arizona
Zapata was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 29, 1996, to a seat vacated by Richard Bilby as Bilby died in judicial service. Zapata was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1996 on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 3, 1996.
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Arizona
|Magistrate judges||Lawrence Anderson • David Duncan • Michelle Burns • Mark Aspey • Hector Estrada • D. Thomas Ferraro • Steven Logan • Jacqueline Marshall • Charles Pyle • Bernardo Velasco • James F. Metcalf • John Buttrick •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Henry Sawtelle • Richard Elihu Sloan • Fred Clinton Jacobs • John Roll • Mary Murguia • Albert Morris Sames • David Ling • Richard Bilby • William Browning • William Copple • Valdemar Cordova • Walter Craig • Arthur Davis • William Frey • Charles Muecke • Mary Richey • Howard Speakman • Charles Hardy • James A. Walsh •
|Former Chief judges|