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Scott W. Skavdahl

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Scott W. Skavdahl
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   11/3/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   William F. Downes
Past post:   District of Wyoming, Magistrate
Past term:   2001 - 2003, 2010 - 2011
Past post 2:   District Court Judge
Past term 2:   2003-2010
Personal History
Born:   1966
Hometown:   Lincoln, NE
Undergraduate:   University of Wyoming, B.S., 1989
Law School:   University of Wyoming School of Law, J.D., 1992
Scott W. Skavdahl is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in February 2011. Prior to joining the court, he was a full-time magistrate for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. [1][2]

Early life and education

Judge Skavdahl graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1989 receiving his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming School of Law in 1992.[3]

Professional career

In 1992, Judge Skavdahl joined the law firm of Brown, Drew & Massey, LLP as an associate attorney. In 1994, he accepted a law clerk position with William F. Downes who was the United States District Judge for the District of Wyoming. In 1997 Skavdahl joined the law firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. working in civil litigation in Casper, Wyoming. As a partner in the firm, his practice focused on civil litigation. He was appointed a part-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Wyoming in 2001 and in July of 2003, he was appointed by Governor Freudenthal to the Seventh Judicial District, where he served until January 31, 2010.[3]

Judicial career

District of Wyoming

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Scott W. Skavdahl
 Court:District of Wyoming
 Progress:Confirmed 260 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified

On February 16, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Scott W. Skavdahl the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming to fill the seat vacated by William F. Downes.[2][4] President Obama commented on the nomination, stating, "I am honored to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench. They have both demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers, and I am confident they will continue to serve the American people with integrity."[4]

Skavdahl was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on July 13, 2011 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here He was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 8, 2011.[5]

He was confirmed on November 3, 2011, with a Senate voice vote.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William F. Downes
District of Wyoming
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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