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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin|
|Title:||Former federal judge|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by:||James Edward Doyle|
|Succeeded by:||James D. Peterson|
|Undergraduate:||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Law School:||Marquette Univeristy Law School, 1957|
|Military service:||U.S. Army, 1954-1956|
John C. Shabaz was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He joined the court in 1981, after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Shabaz assumed senior status on January 20, 2009. He passed away on August 31, 2012.
Shabaz earned his LL.B. from Marquette University in 1957. Shabaz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his undergraduate degree before entering law school.
Shabaz served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 before graduating from Marquette.
Shabaz was a Republican Representative in Assembly District 83 Representing the Waukesha and New Berlin areas. Shabaz was first elected in 1964 until his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. Shabaz was the minority leader from 1973 to 1979 and served as Assistant Majority Leader in 1969. Shabaz served on organizational committees in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Shabaz served as a private practice attorney in West Allis, Wisconsin from 1957 to 1981. From 1964 to the time of his appointment in 1981, Shabaz served as a state representative in Wisconsin's 83rd Assembly District.
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Shabaz was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on November 4, 1981, to a seat vacated by Judge James E. Doyle, Sr.. Shabaz was confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 1981, and received commission on December 10, 1981.
Shabaz served as the court's Chief Judge from 1996 to 2001.
Citing the political climate of judicial nominations in 2007, Shabaz sent a letter of resignation to President George W. Bush announcing his intention to retire. Shabaz said he would continue to serve until a successor was named.
In September of 2008, Bush announced the nomination of Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mac Davis, a former Republican legislator, to succeed Shabaz, but his confirmation never came to a full vote before the Senate before it adjourned.
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On July 9, 2009, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Shabaz acted prematurely in throwing out the lawsuit and ordered the Western District of Wisconsin to re-hear the case. Appeals judges Richard Posner, Ken Ripple, and Diane Wood ruled unanimously to send the case back to district court.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, "Obituaries: John C. Shabaz"
- The State of Wisconsin Collection, "28th Senate District," accessed May 12, 2014
- Wisconsin Historical Society, "Dictionary of Wisconsin History:Term: Shabaz, John C. 1931," archived November 9, 2012
- Judge Shabaz's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- "Madison.com, "Shabaz Retires Again," January 6, 2009
- JSOnline, "Lawsuit challenges policy that lets some grads skip bar exam," July 12, 2009
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