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James Oaks
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   5/27/1971 - 6/30/1992
Chief:   1988-1992
Senior:   6/30/1992 - 10/13/2007
Preceded by:   Sterry Waterman
Succeeded by:   Fred Parker
Past post:   District of Vermont
Past term:   1970-1971
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   February 21, 1924
Hometown:   Springfield, IL
Deceased:   October 13, 2007
Undergraduate:   Harvard, A.B., 1945
Law School:   Harvard Law, LL.B., 1947
James Lowell Oakes (February 21, 1924-October 13, 2007) was a federal judge for the Second Circuit and for the District of Vermont. He joined the Second Circuit in 1971 after an appointment from Richard Nixon. He joined the District of Vermont in 1970 after an appointment from Richard Nixon. At the time of his appointment, he was a private practice attorney in Vermont. He assumed senior status on June 30, 1992, with his service terminating on October 13, 2007 when he died.[1]

Early life and education

  • Harvard University, A.B., 1945
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1947[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. Harrie B. Chase, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1947-1948
  • Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1948-1949
  • Law clerk, Hon. Harrie B. Chase, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1949-1950
  • Private practice, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1950-1966
  • Member, Vermont State Senate, 1961-1965
  • State attorney general, Vermont, 1967-1969
  • Private practice, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1969-1970[1]

Judicial career

Second Circuit

Oakes was nominated to the Second Circuit by Richard Nixon on May 3, 1971 to the seat vacated by Sterry Waterman. The U.S. Senate confirmed him 17 days later on May 20, 1971, and he was commissioned a week later on May 27, 1971. Judges Oakes was the chief judge of the Second Circuit from 1988-1992. He assumed senior status on June 30, 1992, with his service terminating on October 13, 2007 when he died.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Fred Parker.

District of Vermont

He was nominated to the District of Vermont by Richard Nixon on March 31, 1970 to the seat vacated by Ernest W. Gibson. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on April 23, 1970. He was commissioned the next day. The service of Judge Oakes on this court terminated on June 5, 1971 when he moved to the Second Circuit.[1] Oakes was succeeded in this position by James Holden.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Ernest Gibson
District of Vermont
1970–1971
Succeeded by:
James Holden
Preceded by:
Sterry Waterman
Second Circuit
1971–1992
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Fred Parker




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