Richard Austin

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Richard Austin
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   John F. Kennedy
Active:   8/15/1961 - 10/10/1975
Senior:   10/10/1975 - 2/7/1977
Preceded by:   Walter LaBuy
Succeeded by:   John Crowley
Personal History
Born:   1901
Deceased:   1977
Law School:   University of Chicago Law School (1926)
Grad. School:   Denison University (1923)



Richard Bevan Austin (1901-1977) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Austin was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961, to a seat vacated by Walter LaBuy; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 15, 1961, and received his commission that same day. He assumed senior status on October 10, 1975. He served the Northern District of Illinois until his death on February 7, 1977.[1] Austin was succeeded in this position by John Crowley.

Early life and education

  • Denison University, Ph.B, 1923
  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1926[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1926-1933, 1948-1952
  • Assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1933-1947
  • First assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1947-1948, 1952-1953
  • Acting state's attorney, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1947-1948
  • Special prosecutor, Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1951-1952
  • Judge, Superior Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1953-1960
  • Candidate for State Governor, Illinois, 1956
  • Chief justice of the Criminal Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1954-1955, 1960-1961[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Austin was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961, to a seat vacated by Walter J. LaBuy; he was confirmed by the Senate on August 15, 1961, and received his commission that same day. He assumed senior status on October 10, 1975. He served the Northern District of Illinois until his death on February 7, 1977.[1] Austin was succeeded in this position by John Crowley.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Walter LaBuy
Northern District of Illinois
1961–1975
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
John Crowley