History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Bauer, William Joseph
Born 1926 in Chicago, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on September 14, 1971, to a seat vacated by Joseph Samuel Perry. Confirmed by the Senate on November 8, 1971, and received commission on November 10, 1971. Service terminated on January 3, 1975, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by Gerald Ford on December 11, 1974, to a seat vacated by Otto Kerner. Confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 1974, and received commission on December 20, 1974. Served as chief judge, 1986-1993. Assumed senior status on October 31, 1994.

Elmhurst College, A.B., 1949
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1952

Professional Career:
U.S. Army, 1945-1947
Assistant state's attorney, DuPage County, Illinois, 1952-1956
Private practice, Illinois, 1953-1964
Instructor, Elmhurst College, 1952-1959
First assistant state's attorney, DuPage County, Illinois, 1956-1958
State's attorney, DuPage County, Illinois, 1959-1964
Judge, Illinois Circuit Court, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, 1964-1970
U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 1970-1971


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