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Stevens, John Paul
Born 1920 in Chicago, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on September 22, 1970, to a seat vacated by Elmer Jacob Schnackenberg. Confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1970, and received commission on October 14, 1970. Service terminated on December 18, 1975, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by Gerald Ford on November 28, 1975, to a seat vacated by William O. Douglas. Confirmed by the Senate on December 17, 1975, and received commission on December 17, 1975. Assumed senior status on June 30, 2010.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Seventh Circuit, December 19, 1975-June 28, 2010
Eleventh Circuit, December 1, 1987-February 17, 1988
Third Circuit, August 7, 1990-October 8, 1990
Sixth Circuit, October 9, 1990-June 28, 2010

Education:
University of Chicago, B.A., 1941
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1947

Professional Career:
U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant commander, 1942-1945
Law clerk, Hon. Wiley Rutledge, Supreme Court of the United States, 1947-1948
Private practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1948-1970
Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law, 1950-1954
Associate counsel, Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, 1951
Member, Attorney General's Committee to Study Antitrust Laws, U.S. Department of Justice, 1953-1955
Lecturer, University of Chicago School of Law, 1954-1958

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