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James Loken

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James Loken
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Minneapolis, MN
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   9/10/1990 - Present
Chief:   2003-2010
Preceded by:   Gerald Heaney
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Madison, WI
Undergraduate:   University of Wisconsin '62
Law School:   Harvard Law '65

James B. Loken (b. 1940) is a federal judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Loken served as Chief Judge of the court from 2003-2010.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Loken graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and later from Harvard Law School with his LL.B in 1965.[2]

Professional career

Loken was a law clerk for federal appeals judge Joseph Lumbard in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 1965 to 1966, and then clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White in the Supreme Court of the United States from 1966 to 1967. Loken entered private practice in Minnesota from 1967 to 1970. In 1970, Loken became General Counsel for President Nixon's Committee on Consumer Interests and also served as Staff Assistant to the President of the United States from 1970 to 1972. Loken was a private practice attorney in Minnesota from 1973 to 1990.[2]

Judicial career

Loken was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on September 10, 1990, to a seat vacated by Gerald Heaney. Loken was confirmed by the Senate on October 12, 1990, and received commission on October 17, 1990. Loken served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2003 to 2010.[3]

Awards and associations

See also


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Gerald Heaney
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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