History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Walker, John Mercer Jr.
Born 1940 in New York, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on June 25, 1985, to a seat vacated by Morris E. Lasker. Confirmed by the Senate on July 19, 1985, and received commission on July 22, 1985. Service terminated on December 19, 1989, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 21, 1989, to a seat vacated by Irving Robert Kaufman. Confirmed by the Senate on November 21, 1989, and received commission on November 27, 1989. Served as chief judge, 2000-2006. Assumed senior status on September 30, 2006.

Education:
Yale University, B.A., 1962
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1966

Professional Career:
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve private first class, 1963-1967
State counsel, Republic of Botswana (Africa-Asia Public Service Fellowship), 1966-1968
Private practice, New York City, 1969-1970, 1975-1981
Assistant U.S. attorney, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York, 1970-1975
Assistant secretary of the treasury, 1981-1985
Special counsel, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1987-1992

 

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