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.

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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