History of the Federal Judiciary


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Ryan, James Leo
Born 1932 in Detroit, MI

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1985, to a seat vacated by George Clifton Edwards, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on October 16, 1985, and received commission on October 17, 1985. Assumed senior status on January 1, 2000.

Education:
University of Detroit Law School (now University of Detroit Mercy School of Law), LL.B., 1956
University of Detroit Mercy, B.A., 1992

Professional Career:
U.S. Naval Reserve captain, JAG Corps, 1957-1992; lieutenant, law specialist, active duty, 1957-1960; military judge, 1980-1992
Private practice, Detroit, Michigan, 1960-1963
Private practice, Redford, Michigan, 1963-1966
Justice of the peace, Redford, Michigan, 1963-1966
Judge, Michigan Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit, 1966-1975
Adjunct professor of law, University of Detroit, 1974-
Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, 1975-1985
Adjunct professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1979-1985


 

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