History of the Federal Judiciary

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Ripple, Kenneth Francis
Born 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on April 1, 1985, to a new seat authorized by 98 Stat. 333. Confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 1985, and received commission on May 10, 1985. Assumed senior status on September 1, 2008.

Fordham University, A.B., 1965
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1968
George Washington University Law School, LL.M., 1972

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy, 1968-1972
U.S. Naval Reserve, JAG Corps, 1972-
Attorney, office of the general counsel, IBM, 1968
Legal officer, Supreme Court of the United States, 1972-1973
Special assistant, Chief Justice of the United States Warren Burger, 1973-1977
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1977-1985
Professor of law, University of Notre Dame, 1977-
Reporter, Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules, 1978-1985


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