History of the Federal Judiciary

  U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Michigan

   Judges of the Western District of Michigan
Miles, Wendell Alverson
Born April 17, 1916, in Holland, MI
Died July 30, 2013, in Grand Rapids, MI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on March 29, 1974, to a seat vacated by Albert Joseph Engel. Confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 1974, and received commission on April 17, 1974. Served as chief judge, 1979-1986. Assumed senior status on May 6, 1986. Service terminated on July 30, 2013, due to death.

Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 1989-1996

Hope College, A.B., 1938
University of Wyoming, M.A., 1939
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1942

Professional Career:
U.S. Army, Air Corps, 1942-1947
Instructor, Hope College, 1948-1953
Private practice, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1948-1953, 1961-1970
Prosecutor, Ottawa County, Michigan, 1948-1953
U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1953-1960
Judge, Michigan Circuit Court, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, 1970-1974


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