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Rhesa Barksdale

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Rhesa Barksdale
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   3/12/1990-8/08/2009
Senior:   8/08/2009-Present
Preceded by:   Alvin B. Rubin
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Jackson, MS
Undergraduate:   U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1996
Law School:   University of Mississippi Law School, 1972

Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale is a federal appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and confirmed by Senate in 1990. On August 8, 2009 Barksdale assumed senior status.[1]


Barksdale graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with his bachelor's degree in 1966 and later graduated from University of Mississippi Law School with his J.D. in 1972.[1]

Military service

In addition to attending the United States Military Academy, Barksdale served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1970.[1]

Professional career

Barksdale began his legal career as a law clerk for former Justice Byron White on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1972 to 1973. He was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Mississippi from 1973 to 1990. Barksdale also served as a instructor in constitutional law at the University of Mississippi Law School Paralegal Course from 1975 to 1976 and served as a Instructor for the Mississippi College School of Law in 1976. He served as the chairman of the Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program from 1982 to 1985.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Alvin Rubin
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
James Graves