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Oliver Wanger

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Oliver Wanger
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   3/25/1991 - 5/31/2006
Senior:   5/31/2006 - 9/30/2011
Preceded by:   Milton Schwartz
Succeeded by:   Lawrence O'Neill
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Southern California, B.S., 1963
Law School:   University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, LL.B., 1966
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps, Reserves as a Sergeant 1960-1967

Oliver Winston Wanger is a former federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. He retired on September 30, 2011.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

A native Californian, Wanger graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with his bachelor's degree in 1963 and later graduated from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law with his law degree in 1966. Wanger also served in the US Marine Corps Reserves as a Sergeant from 1960 to 1967.[3]

Professional career

  • 1989: Pro Tem settlement conference judge
  • 1988: Reserve Judge, Fresno County
  • 1980-1983: Dean, San Joaquin College of Law
  • 1975-1980: Attorney, City of Mendota
  • 1969-1991: Attorney, private practice
  • 1967-1969: Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County

Adjunct professorships

  • 1970-1991: San Joaquin College of Law
  • 1968-1969: Humphrey College of Law[3]

Judicial career

Eastern District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, Wanger was nominated by President George Bush on January 8, 1991, to a seat vacated by Milton Schwartz. Wanger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 21, 1991 on unanimous consent and received commission on March 25, 1991.[4] Wanger assumed senior status on May 31, 2006, then retired at age 70 on September 30, 2011. Wanger was succeeded in this position by Lawrence O'Neill.

==Notable cases==
A smelt

Delta water pump allowance (2008)

     Eastern District of California
In 2007, Wanger ruled that state and federal water pumps that deliver about six million acre-feet of delta water to Kern County could eliminate the smelt, which is an endangered species. In order for the water pumping practices to be brought into compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act, Wanger ruled, the pumping had to be reduced by about one-third, to 4 million acre-feet of delta water. Following this decision, water contractors were told to expect 35% of their normal allocation of State Water Project water for 2008.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Milton Schwartz
Eastern District of California
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Lawrence O'Neill

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