Sheldon Jay Plager is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is serving on senior status.  He joined the court in 1989 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.
Plager graduated from North Caorlina with his Bachelor's degree in 1952 and also graduated from Florida Law with his J.D. degree in 1958 and also graduated from Columbia Law with his Master of Laws degree in 1961. Plager also served in the U.S. Navy in active duty and in the reserves from 1948 to 1970.
Plager began his legal career as a law professor at the University of Florida from 1958 to 1963 and the University of Illinois from 1963 to 1977 and was also a visiting professor at Wisconsin Law from 1967 to 1968 and was Dean and professor at Indiana Law from 1977 to 1984. Plager was also a visiting fellow at Cambridge University and Rockefeller Foundation Research Center in 1980 and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law from 1984 to 1985 along with being a counselor to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1986 to 1987. He was the associate director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1987 to 1988 and was Administrator of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget from 1988 to 1989.
Federal judicial career
Plager was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on September 12, 1989 to a seat vacated by Shiro Kashiwa as Kashiwa assumed senior status. Plager was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 8, 1989 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on November 11, 1989. Plager assumed senior status on November 30, 2000.
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