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Robert Whaley

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Robert Whaley
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   6/30/1995 - 7/12/2009
Chief:   2005 - 2009
Senior:   7/12/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Justin Quackenbush
Succeeded by:   Thomas Rice
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Huntington, WV
Undergraduate:   Princeton University 1965
Law School:   Emory University School of Law, 1968
Military service:   U.S. Marine Corps

Robert H. Whaley is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. On July 12, 2009, Whaley assumed senior status.[1][2]

Early life and education

Whaley graduated from Princeton with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and later graduated from Emory University School of Law with his J.D. in 1968.[2]

Professional career

  • 1992-1995: Judge, Spokane County Superior Court
  • 1972-1992: Attorney in private practice
  • 1971-1972: Assistant U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Washington
  • 1969-1971: Trial attorney, Land and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1968-1969: Attorney in private practice[2]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Washington

Whaley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 24, 1995, to a seat vacated by Judge Justin Quackenbush as Quackenbush assumed senior status. Whaley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 1995, and received commission on June 30, 1995.[3] Whaley served as the chief judge of the court from 2005 to 2009. He assumed senior status on July 12, 2009. Whaley was succeeded in this position by Judge Thomas Rice.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Justin Quackenbush
Eastern District of Washington
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Thomas Rice