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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Colorado|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||10/17/1988 - 4/4/2008|
|Chief:||2000 - 2007|
|Senior:||4/4/2008 - Present|
|Preceded by:||John Kane|
|Succeeded by:||Philip Brimmer|
|Bachelors:||U. of Denver, B.A., 1965|
|Law School:||U. of Denver Law, J.D., 1968|
|Grad. School:||U. of Virginia Law, LL.M., 1988|
Lewis Thornton Babcock is an Article III federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Babcock is a judge serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Babcock graduated from the University of Denver with his Bachelor's Degree in 1965 and with his juris doctorate degree in 1968 before later graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law with his Master of Laws degree in 1988. Babcock also served on reserve duty with the Colorado National Guard from 1968 to 1974. 
Babcock started his legal career as a Private practice attorney in the State of Colorado from 1968 to 1976. In addition to private practice, Babcock served as a part-time City Attorney for the cities of Las Animas from 1969 to 1974 and Rocky Ford from 1970 to 1976, and from 1973 to 1976 served as a part-time Assistant district attorney in Colorado's 16th District Circuit Courts, before being appointed by the Colorado Judicial Nominating Commission as District Court Judge for the 16th Judicial District from 1976 to 1983. While being a judge in the 16th District, Babcock was the Chief Judge of the court from 1978 to 1983. In 1983, the Colorado Judicial Nominating Commission appointed Babcock as Judge in the Colorado Court of Appeals until his appointment to the Federal Bench in 1988. 
District of Colorado
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong of Colorado, Babcock was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on on June 23, 1988 to a seat vacated by John Kane as Kane went on senior status. Babcock was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 14, 1988 on a unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on October 17, 1988. Babcock served as the chief judge of the District of Colorado from 2000 to 2007 before later assuming senior status on April 4, 2008.. Babcock was succeeded in this position by Philip Brimmer.
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Colorado
|Magistrate judges||David West • Kathleen Tafoya • Kristen Mix • Michael Hegarty • Craig Shaffer • Boyd Boland • Michael Watanabe • Gordon Gallagher •|
|Former Article III judges||
Moses Hallett • William E. Doyle • Edward Nottingham • Zita Weinshienk • John Porfilio • Robert E. Lewis • John Foster Symes • Olin Chilson • Alfred Arraj • Jean Breitenstein • James Carrigan • Phillip Figa • Sherman Finesilver • Daniel Sparr • Fred Winner • William Knous •
|Former Chief judges|