T. John Ward
|T. John Ward|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas|
|Station:||Marshall and Texaranka, TX|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||07/15/1999 - 10/1/2011|
|Preceded by:||William Justice|
|Undergraduate:||Texas Tech U., B.A., 1964|
|Law School:||Baylor Law, L.L.B., 1967|
T. John Ward was an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He retired on October 1, 2011.
Early life and education
Born in Bonham, Texas, Ward graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with his Bachelor's degree in 1964, and later from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas with his Law Degree in 1967.
Ward was a Legislative Draftsperson for the Texas Legislative Council, which serves as Legal Counsel to the Texas State Legislature, from 1967 to 1968. In 1968, Ward served as an Assistant County Attorney for Lubbock County, Texas in 1968 before entering private practice in the State of Texas, where he worked until 1999.
Eastern District of Texas
Ward was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by President Bill Clinton on January 26, 1999 to a seat vacated by William Justice. Ward was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13, 1999 on a Senate vote and received commission on July 15, 1999.. He retired on October 1, 2011.
Awards and associations
Threat towards Judge Folsom
Ward sentenced Patrick Neil Womack to three years in prison after pleading guilty in May of 2009 on charges of making threats towards the judge while serving a prison sentence in a Texas state prison.
The inmate sent a letter that he was intending to escape from prison to try to kill the veteran federal judge.
- Judge Ward's Web Page at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- The Robing Room- Rate Judge Ward
- Judge Ward's Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Texas
|Magistrate judges||Amos Mazzant • Don Bush • Caroline Craven • Keith Giblin • Judith Guthrie • John Love • Zack Hawthorn • Roy Payne •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Charles Watrous • Amos Morrill • Joel Winch • Chauncey Brewer Sabin • Robert Parker • David Ezekiel Bryant • Gordon James Russell • William Lee Estes • David Folsom • T. John Ward • William Justice • Randolph Bryant • Paul Brown • Lamar Cecil • Howell Cobb • Joseph Fisher • Sam Hall • John H. Hannah • Joseph Sheehy • William Steger •
|Former Chief judges|