Joel Flaum

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Joel Flaum
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Chicago, IL
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   5/5/1983 - Present
Chief:   2000-2006
Preceded by:   Robert Sprecher
Past post:   Northern District of Illinois
Past term:   1974-1983
Personal History
Born:   1936
Hometown:   Hudson, NY
Undergraduate:   Union College '58
Law School:   Northwestern U. Law '63
Grad. School:   Northwestern U. Law '64



Joel Martin Flaum (b. 1936) is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

Early life and education

Flaum graduated from Union with his bachelor's degree in 1958 and later graduated from Northwestern Law with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1963 and his Masters in Laws degree in 1964. Flaum also served as a Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander in the JAG Corps from 1981 to 1992.

Professional career

Flaum started his legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Illinois from 1964 to 1965 before becoming an Assistant state's attorney for Cook County from 1965 to 1969. During that same time period, Flaum also served as a Lecturer for Northwestern Law from 1967 to 1969 before becoming Associate director of the Police Legal Advisory Program at Northwestern Law from 1967 to 1968. In 1969, Flaum joined the Illinois Attorney General's Office as Assistant attorney general from 1969 to 1970 before being promoted to First assistant attorney general from 1970 to 1972. Flaum later joined theU.S. Attorney's Officeas First assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1972 to 1975.

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Charles Percy, Flaum was nominated by President Gerald Ford on November 18, 1974 to a seat vacated by Philip Tone as Tone assumed senior status. Flaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 18, 1974 and received commission on December 20, 1974. Flaum left the Northern District of Illinois on June 1, 1983 due to his appointment to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Flaum was succeeded in this position by Ilana Rovner.

Seventh Circuit

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Charles Percy, Flaum was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 14, 1983 to a seat vacated by Robert Sprecher as Sprecher died while in judicial service[1]. Flaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 4, 1983 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 5, 1983. Flaum served as the chief judge of the court from 2000-2006.

Awards and associations

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Philip Tone
Northern District of Illinois
1974–1983
Succeeded by:
Ilana Rovner
Preceded by:
Robert Sprecher
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
1983–present
Succeeded by:
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