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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||4/7/1998 - 8/14/2009|
|Senior:||8/14/2009 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Hugh Waters|
|Succeeded by:||Paul K. Holmes|
|Hometown:||El Dorado, AR|
|Undergraduate:||University of Arkansas, B.A., 1960|
|Law School:||University of Arkansas School of Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1961 - 1962|
Robert Toombs Dawson is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Dawson graduated from the University of Arkansas with his bachelor's in 1960 and his juris doctoral degree in 1965. Also, Dawson served in the military during the Vietnam conflict serving one year in active duty from 1961 to 1962 in the US Army and the Arkansas National Guard from 1962 to 1965.
Western District of Arkansas
Dawson was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 7, 1997, to a seat vacated by Franklin Waters. Dawson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 2, 1998 on a Senate vote and received commission on April 7, 1998. He assumed senior status on August 14, 2009.
Trial of capital offender and death row inmate (2009)United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (Rickey Dale Newman, v. Larry Norris, 05-2107)
On October 22, 2009, Judge Dawson reversed the decision of the Arkansas Supreme Court in which refused to grant consent to Attorney Julie Brain to be lead counsel for Rickey Dale Newman
Newman was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to death for murdering a woman at a transient camp.Brain who was with the Arkansas Public Defender's Office left for a similar position in Delaware, and argued to remain as Newman's counsel as she argued to the judge that she has built a trusted relationship with Newman.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Arkansas
Paul K. Holmes
James Marschewski • Barry Bryant • Erin Setser •
|Former Article III judges||
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