James von der Heydt
|James von der Heydt|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Alaska|
|Appointed by:||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Active:||11/3/1966 - 7/15/1984|
|Chief:||1973 - 1984|
|Senior:||7/15/1984 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Walter Hodge|
|Succeeded by:||Russel Holland|
|Home State:||Miles City, MT|
|Undergraduate:||Albion College, B.A., 1942|
|Law School:||Northwestern U. School of Law, J.D., 1951|
James von der Heydt is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Alaska. Von der Heydt is a judge serving on senior status.
Early life and education
A native of Montana, Von der Hedyt graduated from Albion College-Michigan with his Bachelor's Degree in 1942 and later graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in Evanston, IL with his juris doctorate degree in 1951.
When Alaska was still a territory Von der Hedyt was a Deputy U.S. Marshal for Alaska from 1945 to 1948 before becoming a Federal Court Commissioner in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska in 1951. In 1951, von der Heydt was nominated by President Dwight Eishenhower as U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska from 1951 to 1953. Von der Hedyt later became a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Alaska from 1953 to 1959 and served as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1957 to 1959. Before becoming a federal judge, von der Heydt later became a Presiding judge for the Alaska Superior Court from 1959 to 1966.
District of Alaska
Von der Heydt was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson on September 9, 1966 to a seat vacated by Walter Hodge as Hodge assumed senior status. Von der Heydt was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 20, 1966 on a senate vote and received commission on November 3, 1966. Von der Hedyt served as the chief judge of the court from 1973 to 1984 before later assuming senior status on July 15, 1984.  Von der Heydt was succeeded in this position by Russel Holland.
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Alaska
|Magistrate judges||Leslie Longenbaugh • John D. Roberts • Deborah M. Smith •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|