History of the Federal Judiciary

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Holderman, James F.
Born 1946 in Joliet, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 25, 1985, to a new seat authorized by 98 Stat. 333. Confirmed by the Senate on April 3, 1985, and received commission on April 4, 1985. Served as chief judge, 2006-2013. Assumed senior status on December 31, 2013. Service terminated on June 1, 2015, due to retirement.

University of Illinois, B.S., 1968
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1971

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Edward J. McManus, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 1971-1972
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1972-1978
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1978-1985
Adjunct professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1981-1983
Adjunct professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 1982-1984
Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1983-2000
Adjunct professor, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1986-
Adjunct professor, University of Illinois College of Law, 1993-

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, September 6, 1984; no Senate vote


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