James Ryan

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James Ryan
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/17/1985-1/1/2000
Senior:   1/1/2000-Present
Preceded by:   George Edwards
Succeeded by:   Raymond Kethledge
Past post:   Michigan Supreme Court
Past term:   1975-1985
Personal History
Born:   1932
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Undergraduate:   University of Detroit, 1992
Law School:   University of Detroit Law, 1956

James Leo Ryan is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Ryan is serving on senior status.[1]


Ryan graduated from Detroit Mercy Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1956 and later earned a bachelor's degree from University of Detroit Mercy in 1992.[1]

Military service

Ryan was a Captain Judge Advocate in the United States Navy Reserves Judge Advocate General Corps from 1957 to 1992, serving on active duty as a Lieutenant Law Specialist from 1957 to 1960.[1]

Professional career

  • 1974-Present: Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Detroit
  • 1979-1985: Adjunct Professor of Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 1980-1992: Military Court Justice
  • 1975-1985: Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1966-1975: Judge, 3rd Circuit Court, Michigan
  • 1963-1966: Justice of the peace, Redford, Michigan
  • 1960-1966: Attorney in private practice[1]

Judicial career

Ryan was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1985, to a seat vacated by Judge George Edwards, Jr.. Ryan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 16, 1985, and received commission on October 17, 1985. Ryan assumed senior status on January 1, 2000.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
George Edwards
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Raymond Kethledge