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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||3/28/1994 - 3/9/2005|
|Senior:||3/9/2005 - 3/26/2010|
|Preceded by:||Jack Tanner|
|Succeeded by:||Ben Settle|
|Undergraduate:||Gonzaga University (1961)|
|Law School:||Gonzaga University School of Law (1966)|
Franklin D. Burgess (b. March 9, 1939-d. March 26, 2010) is a former federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Burgess died on March 26, 2010 from cancer.
Early life and education
A native of Arkansas, Burgess graduated from Gonzaga University with his bachelor's degree in 1961 and Juris Doctor degree in 1966. Burgess also served on active duty with the US Air Force from 1954 to 1958. While at Gonzaga, Burgess was a basketball star and earned the honor as one of only two players to ever have their jersey numbers retired.
Burgess began his legal career as an intern for the US Atomic Energy Commission from 1966 to 1967 before becoming assistant city attorney for the City of Tacoma from 1967 to 1969. Burgess spent the rest of his legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Washington from 1969 to 1980 and also served as a Judge pro tem for the Municipal Court and Pierce County District Court from 1971 to 1980. Burgess also served as Regional counsel for the Washington Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1980 to 1981.
Western District of Washington
Burgess began his federal judicial career as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Burgess was appointed to a full eight-year term in 1981, and was re-appointed in 1989. Burgess served in his role as a federal magistrate until 1993 when he was elevated to an Article III judgeship.
Burgess was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington by Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993 to a seat vacated by Jack Tanner. Burgess was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 25, 1994, on a majority voice vote and received his commission on March 28, 1994. Burgess assumed senior status on the court on March 9, 2005 and continued to serve in that capacity until his death on March 26, 2010. Burgess was succeeded in this position by Ben Settle.
- Los Angeles Times "Franklin Burgess dies at 75; Gonzaga basketball star became federal judge," March 28, 2010
- Judge Burgess Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- Associated Press "Burgess remembered as great judge, Gonzaga star," March 28, 2010
- "THOMAS" Judge Burgess Nomination, February 19, 2009
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Washington
Kelley Arnold • James Donohue • Karen Strombom • Mary Alice Theiler • Brian Tsuchida • Dean Brett • David Christel • Richard Creatura • John Weinberg •
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