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William Walter Wilkins

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William Walter Wilkins
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   6/16/1986 - 7/1/2007
Chief:   2003-2007
Senior:   7/1/2007 - 10/5/2008
Preceded by:   Emory Sneeden
Succeeded by:   Albert Diaz
Past post:   District of South Carolina
Past term:   1981-1986
Personal History
Born:   1942
Undergraduate:   Davidson College '64
Law School:   U. of South Carolina Law '67

William Walter Wilkins (1942-present) was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[1]

District of South Carolina

Wilkins was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1981, to a seat vacated by Robert Hemphill; he was confirmed by the Senate on July 20, 1981, and received commission on July 22, 1981. He served the District of South Carolina until he was elevated to the Fourth Circuit on July 13, 1986.[1]

Fourth Circuit

Wilkins was nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on June 3, 1986, to a seat vacated by Emory Sneeden; he was confirmed by the Senate on June 13, 1986, and received commission on June 16, 1986. From 2003-2007, he served as the chief judge. He assumed senior status on July 1, 2007. He served the Fourth Circuit until his retirement on October 5, 2008.[1]


  • Davidson College, B.A., 1964
  • University of South Carolina Law Center, J.D., 1967[1]

Professional career

  • U.S. Army Captain, 1967-1969
  • U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, 1969-1983
  • South Carolina National Guard Colonel, 1983-1994
  • Law clerk, Hon. Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1969-1970
  • Legal assistant, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, 1970-1971
  • Private practice, Greenville, South Carolina, 1971-1978
  • Solicitor, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, South Carolina, 1974-1981
  • Commission chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1985-1994[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Hemphill
District of South Carolina
Succeeded by:
Karen LeCraft Henderson
Preceded by:
Emory Sneeden
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Albert Diaz