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Willie Sands

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Willie Sands
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Station:   Albany, GA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   5/9/1994-4/12/2014
Chief:   2001-2006
Senior:   4/12/2014-Present
Preceded by:   104 Stat. 5089
Succeeded by:   Leslie Joyce Abrams
Past post:   Macon Judicial District Superior Court
Past term:   1991-1993
Personal History
Born:   1949
Hometown:   Bradley, GA
Undergraduate:   Mercer University, 1971
Law School:   Mercer University Law, 1974

Willie Louis Sands is an Article III federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to joining the court, Sands was a judge on the Macon Judicial Circuit.[1] Sands assumed senior status on April 12, 2014.[2]


Sands graduated from Mercer with his bachelor's degree in 1971 and later graduated from Mercer Law with his J.D. in 1974.[1]

Military career

Sands served in the U.S. Army Reserve Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1974 and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1974 to 1980.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Middle District of Georgia

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Sands was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia by President Bill Clinton on February 9, 1994, to a new seat created by 104 Stat. 5089. Sands was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 1994, on a majority voice vote and received commission on May 9, 1994.[3] Sands served as the chief judge of the Middle District of Georgia from 2001 to 2006.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Middle District of Georgia
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Leslie Joyce Abrams