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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Arizona|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||8/3/1998 - Present|
|Chief:||9/3/2013 - Present|
|Preceded by:||William Browning|
|Past chief:||Roslyn Silver|
|Undergraduate:||Arkansas Polytechnic College, B.A., 1973|
|Law School:||University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1975|
Raner Collins is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. On September 3, 2013, Collins became the chief judge after Roslyn Silver's transition to senior status.
Early life and education
A native of Arkansas, Collins graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and later graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law, with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.
Collins began his law career for the Pima County Attorney's Office from 1975 to 1976 and continued on as a Trial attorney in thePima County Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1981. In 1981, Collins began his judicial career as a full-time City Magistrate in the Tucson City Court from 1981 to 1983. In 1983, Collins returned to the Pima CountyAttorney's Office County attorney for Pima County from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, Collins joined the Pima County Superior Court first as Superior court judge pro tempore from 1985 to 1988 and as Superior court judge from 1988 to 1998.
District of Arizona
Collins was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 1998 to a seat vacated by William Browning as Browing assumed senior status. Collins was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 3, 1998. Collins became the chief judge on September 3, 2013.
English in Arizona schools (2009)United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Judge Collins presided in a case involving the legality of the extent of how English is taught in Arizona public schools. On December 21, 2009, the judge rejected a claim from the Arizona Department of Public Instruction and the Arizona Legislature over teaching methods of English in the Nogales Unified School District. Collins dismissed the claim, stating there was not enough to evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the school district's teaching methods violated federal standards.
|Federal judicial offices|
|District of Arizona
Lawrence Anderson • David Duncan • Michelle Burns • Mark Aspey • John A. Buttrick • Eileen Willett • D. Thomas Ferraro • Jacqueline Marshall Rateau • Charles Pyle • Bernardo Velasco • James F. Metcalf • Eric J. Markovich • Bruce G. Macdonald • Leslie A. Bowman • Bridget S. Bade •
|Former Article III judges||
|Former Chief judges|