|John E. Dowdell|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Terence Kern|
|Past post:||Adjunct Settlement Judge|
|Undergraduate:||Wake Forest U., B.A., 1978|
|Law School:||University of Tulsa Law, J.D., 1981|
John E. Dowdell is a judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He joined the court in 2012 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. At the time of nomination, Dowdell was a partner in the firm Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Dowdell, P.C.
Early life and education
Dowdell worked with the law firm of Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Dowdell, P.C. from 1987 until 2012. From 1999 until 2012 he also served on a pro bono basis as an Adjunct Settlement Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. From 1981 to 1983 Dowdell served as a law clerk for the Honorable William Holloway Jr. of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 
Northern District of Oklahoma
|Court:||Northern District of Oklahoma|
|Progress:||Confirmed 286 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||February 29, 2012|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified|
|Hearing:||May 9, 2012|
|Reported:||June 7, 2012|
|Confirmed:||December 11, 2012|
President Obama nominated John Dowdell to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to fill the seat vacated by Terence Kern. Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench. They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court."
Dowdell was rated Substantial Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified by the ABA. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 9, 2012 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
On December 11, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Dowdell to an Article III post for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma with a vote of 95-0.
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
- News: Federal Courts, Empty Benches:The Wednesday Vacancy Count 3/7/2012, March 7, 2012
- Press Release, "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US District Court," February 29, 2012
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate," February 29, 2012
- "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the US District Court," February 29, 2012
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- Report on the Activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 112th Congress
- United States Periodic Press Gallery
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Oklahoma
|Magistrate judges||Frank McCarthy (Oklahoma) • Paul Cleary • Lane Wilson •|
|Former Article III judges||
David L. Russell • Franklin Elmore Kennamer • Alfred Murrah • James Ellison • Bower Broaddus • Luther Bohanon • William Wallace (Oklahoma) • Billy Burrage • Harold Cook • Frederick Daugherty • Allen Barrow • Thomas Brett • Sven Holmes • Royce Savage •
|Former Chief judges|
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|
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