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Paul K. Holmes

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Paul K. Holmes
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   2/8/2011 - Present
Chief:   2012 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Dawson
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Newport, AR
Undergraduate:   Westminster College, B.A., 1973
Law School:   University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1978

Paul Kinloch Holmes, III is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. He was nominated by President President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on February 7, 2011. Prior to joining the court, Holmes was an attorney in Fort Smith, Arkansas.[1][2] He became the court's chief judge in 2012.

Early life and education

Holmes graduated from Westminster College with his B.A. in 1973 and from the University of Arkansas School of Law with his J.D. in 1978.[1][3]

Professional career

  • 2009-2011: Of Counsel with Warner, Smith & Harris PLC
  • 2001-2009: Partner with Warner, Smith & Harris PLC
  • 1993-2001: United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas
    • Served two years on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee
  • 1980-1993: Partner with Warner, Smith & Harris
  • 1978-1980: Associate attorney with Warner, Smith & Harris[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Arkansas

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Paul K. Holmes
 Court:Western District of Arkansas
 Progress:Confirmed 285 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Well Qualified

Holmes was recommended for nomination by U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.[4] President Obama nominated Holmes on April 28, 2010 to fill the seat vacated by Robert Dawson.[5]

Holmes received a unanimous rating of "Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association. Holmes had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 29, 2010 and you can find his hearing transcript here.[6] He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 1, 2010.[7]

Holmes's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Hernandez was confirmed by the Senate by a voice vote on February 7, 2011.[8] He became the courts chief judge in 2012.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Dawson
Western District of Arkansas
Seat #2
Succeeded by: