John Coffey

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John Coffey
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   5/10/1982 - 7/2/2004
Senior:   7/2/2004 - 11/10/2012
Preceded by:   Thomas Fairchild
Succeeded by:   Diane Sykes
Past post:   Wisconsin Supreme Court
Past term:   1978-1982
Personal History
Born:   1922
Hometown:   Milwaukee, WI
Deceased:   2012
Undergraduate:   Marquette U. '43
Law School:   Marquette U. Law '58

John L. Coffey was a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He served on senior status from 2004 to 2012, passing away in November 2012.[1][2]

Early life and education

A native of Milwaukee, Coffey graduated from Marquette with his bachelor's degree in 1943 and later graduated from Marquette Law with his juris doctor degree in 1948. Coffey also served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946.[1]

Professional career

  • U.S. Navy, 1943-1946
  • Assistant city attorney, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1949-1954
  • Civil court judge, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 1954-1960
  • Municipal court judge, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 1960-1962
  • Circuit court judge, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 1962-1978
    • Senior judge, Criminal Division, 1972-1975
    • Chief presiding judge, Criminal Division, 1976
    • Civil Division, 1976-1978[1]
  • Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1978-1982[3]

Judicial career

On the recommendation of Wisconsin U.S. Senator Bob Kasten, Coffey was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on February 19, 1982 to seat vacated by Thomas Fairchild. Coffey was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 3, 1982 on a senate vote and received commission on May 10, 1982. Coffey assumed senior status on July 2, 2004.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Fairchild
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Diane Sykes