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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||8/12/1992 - 8/21/2006|
|Senior:||8/21/2006 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Layn Phillips|
|Succeeded by:||Timothy DeGiusti|
|Bachelors:||University of Oklahoma, B.A., 1962|
|Law School:||University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D., 1965|
Timothy D. Leonard is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Leonard is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
A native Oklahoman, Leonard graduated from the University of Oklahoma with both his Bachelor's and Juris Doctorate Degrees in 1962 and 1965. From 1965 to 1968, Leonard served in the US Navy on active duty during the Vietnam Conflict on the JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps, then served four years from 1968 to 1972 on reserve and non-active duty as a Naval Lieutenant.
Leonard has had a well diverse and varied legal career that has prepared him for the federal bench. Out of the Navy and law school, Leonard joined the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office and became a Assistant Attorney General from 1969 to 1971. From 1971 to 1989, Leonard served as a private practice attorney in the State of Oklahoma. In addition to his private practice work, Leonard was elected by the people of Oklahoma a member of the Oklahoma State Senate from 1979 to 1988 as a Republican. From 1985 to 1986, Leonard was the minority leader as Republicans were in the minority. From 1988 to 1989, Leonard was also a guest lecturer and adjunct professor for Oklahoma City University, before being appointed to the federal bench in 1992.
Western District of Oklahoma
On the recommendation of Senator Don Nickles, Leonard was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on November 20, 1991 to a seat vacated by Layn Phillips as Phillips resigned from Federal Judicial Service. Leonard was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992 on a senate vote, and received commission on August 12, 1992. Leonard assumed senior status on August 21, 2006. Leonard was succeeded in this position by Timothy DeGiusti.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of Oklahoma
|Magistrate judges||Gary Purcell • Valerie Couch • Shon Erwin • Suzanne Mitchell •|
|Former Article III judges||
John Hazelton Cotteral • Alfred Murrah • Edgar Vaught • Bower Broaddus • Luther Bohanon • William Wallace • Billy Burrage • Harold Cook • Frederick Daugherty • Stephen Chandler • Luther Eubanks • Layn Phillips • Ross Rizley • Ralph Thompson •
|Former Chief judges|