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Matthews, Burnita Shelton
Born December 28, 1894, in Burnell, MS
Died April 25, 1988, in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Received a recess appointment from Harry S Truman on October 21, 1949, to a new seat authorized by 63 Stat. 493; nominated to the same position by Harry S Truman on January 5, 1950. Confirmed by the Senate on April 4, 1950, and received commission on April 7, 1950. Assumed senior status on March 1, 1968. Service terminated on April 25, 1988, due to death.

Education:
National University School of Law (now George Washington University Law School), LL.B., 1919
National University School of Law (now George Washington University Law School), LL.M., 1920

Professional Career:
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1920-1949
Counsel, National Woman's Party, 1921-
Associate editor, Women Lawyer's Journal, 1934-1935
Professor, Washington [D.C.] College of Law, 1933-1939, 1942-1948

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, October 17, 1949; no Senate vote
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