History of the Federal Judiciary

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Turk, James Clinton
Born 1923 in Roanoke County, VA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on September 25, 1972, to a seat vacated by H. Emory Widener, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on October 12, 1972, and received commission on October 17, 1972. Served as chief judge, 1973-1993. Assumed senior status on November 1, 2002.

Roanoke College, A.B., 1949
Washington and Lee University School of Law, LL.B., 1952

Professional Career:
U.S. Army staff sergeant, 1943-1946
Private practice, Radford, Virginia, 1952-1972
State senator, Virginia, 1959-1972; minority leader, 1965-1972
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