History of the Federal Judiciary

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Nowlin, James Robertson
Born 1937 in San Antonio, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 17, 1981, to a seat vacated by Jack Roberts. Confirmed by the Senate on October 21, 1981, and received commission on October 26, 1981. Served as chief judge, 1999-2003. Assumed senior status on May 31, 2003.

Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, B.A., 1959
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, M.A., 1962
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1963

Professional Career:
U.S. Army captain, 1959-1960
U.S. Army Reserve, JAG Corps, 1960-1968
Private practice, San Antonio, Texas, 1963-1965, 1966-1981
Legal counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, 1965-1966
State representative, Texas, 1967-1971, 1973-1981


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