Johnnie Rawlinson

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Johnnie Rawlinson
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Las Vegas, NV
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   7/26/2000 - Present
Preceded by:   Melvin Brunetti
Past post:   District of Nevada
Past term:   1998-2000
Past position:   Seat #2
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Concord, NC
Undergraduate:   North Carolina A&T State University 1974
Law School:   University of the Pacific 1979
Johnnie B. Rawlinson is a federal judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. She joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Concord, North Carolina, Rawlinson graduated from North Carolina A&T with her bachelor's degree in 1974 and in 1979, received a J.D. degree degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge Law School.[1]

Professional career

Rawlinson was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Nevada from 1979 to 1980 before becoming a staff attorney for Nevada Legal Services assisting low-income clients in the Las Vegas Area in 1980. Rawlinson served as Deputy District Attorney in the Clark County District Attorney's Office from 1980 to 1989; as Chief Deputy District Attorney from 1989 to 1995; and as Assistant District Attorney from 1995 to 1998.[1]

Judicial career

District of Nevada

On the recommendation of Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Rawlinson was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Nevada by Bill Clinton on January 27, 1998 to a seat vacated by Lloyd George. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 2, 1998, and received her commission on April 7, 1998.[2] She then became the first female judge of the U.S. District Court bench in Nebraska.[3] Rawlinson was succeeded in this position by Larry Hicks.

Ninth Circuit

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Rawlinson was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on February 22, 2000 to a seat vacated by Melvin Brunetti. Rawlinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 21, 2000 on a majority voice vote and received commission on July 26, 2000.[4]

Notable cases

Former Fairbanks mayor corruption case (2009)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Unites States, v. James C. Hayes, 4:07-cr-00005-JWS-2)

Judge Rawlinson was on a three judge panel

that denied the second hearing request of former Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor Jim Hayes, who was convicted in 2008 for helping his wife steal money from social service agencies.

Attorneys for Hayes argued that District of Alaska judge John Sedwick's failure to allow testimony from the Mayor's wife prejudiced his case, as her testimony would have affected the outcome of the trial. Judge Rawlinson, along with judges Joseph Farris and David Thompson, voted against the re-hearing request.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lloyd George
District of Nevada
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Larry Hicks
Preceded by:
Melvin Brunetti
Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by:

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