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John Feikens

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John Feikens
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Former Federal Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   12/1/1970 - 3/1/1986
Chief:   1979 - 1986
Senior:   3/1/1986 - 5/15/2011
Preceded by:   84 Stat. 294
Succeeded by:   Paul Gadola
Past post:   Eastern District of Michigan
Past term:   1961 - 1961
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   December 3, 1917
Hometown:   Clifton, NJ
Deceased:   May 15, 2011
Undergraduate:   Calvin College, B.A., 1939
Law School:   University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1941

John Feikens is a former Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was nominated to this position by Richard Nixon. He died on May 16, 2011 at the age of 93.[1]

Early life and education

Feikens graduated with his bachelor's degree from Calvin College in 1939 and graduated with his Law degree from the University of Michigan-Law School in 1941.[2]

Professional career

After law school, Feikens served in private practice from 1946 to 1970. Feikens had a brief recess when served his recess appointment from 1960 to 1961. Feikens served as the co-chairman of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission from its inception in 1963 until 1966.[3]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Feikens entered the Federal Judiciary in the Eastern District of Michigan by Receiving a Recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on October 13, 1960 to a seat vacated by Clifford Patrick O`Sullivan. Later, Feikens was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on January 10, 1961 but his service was terminated on September 27, 1961 after the nomination was not confirmed by the Senate as it did not receive enough votes to approve the confirmation. Nine years later, Feikens was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon on October 7, 1970 to a new judgeship created by 84 Stat. 294 that was approved by Congress. On his second attempt into the Federal Judiciary, Feikens was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 25, 1970 and received his commission on December 1, 1970. Feikens served as chief judge of the court from 1979 to 1986 before assuming senior status on March 1, 1986. He died on May 15, 2011.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Clifford Patrick O`Sullivan
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Stephen Roth
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #9
Succeeded by:
Paul Gadola

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