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Thomas Zilly

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Thomas Zilly
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3T
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/20/1988 - 1/1/2004
Senior:   1/1/2004 - Present
Preceded by:   Walter McGovern
Succeeded by:   James Robart
Personal History
Born:   1935
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Undergraduate:   University of Michigan, B.A., 1956
Law School:   Cornell Law School, J.D., 1962
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1956 - 1962 Reserve Lieutenant (J.G.), Active duty, 1956 - 1959

Thomas Zilly is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Zilly is a judge serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Michigan, Zilly graduated from the University of Michigan with his bachelor's degree in 1956 and later graduated from Cornell Law School with his J.D. degree in 1962.[1]

Military service

Zilly also served in the United States Navy as a Reserve Lieutenant (J.G.) from 1956 to 1962 and served on active duty from 1956 to 1959.[1]

Professional career

Zilly began his career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Washington from 1962 to 1988. He served as Judge Pro Tem for the Seattle Municipal Court from 1972 to 1980.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Washington

Zilly was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 16, 1988, to a seat vacated by Judge Walter McGovern as McGovern assumed senior status. Zilly was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, 1988, on unanimous consent and received commission on April 20, 1988.[2] Zilly later assumed senior status on January 1, 2004.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Walter McGovern
Western District of Washington
Seat #3T
Succeeded by:
James Robart