History of the Federal Judiciary

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Zagel, James Block
Born 1941 in Chicago, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1987, to a seat vacated by Frank J. McGarr. Confirmed by the Senate on April 21, 1987, and received commission on April 22, 1987.

Judge, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, 2008-2015

University of Chicago, B.A., 1962
University of Chicago, M.A., 1962
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1965

Professional Career:
Assistant state's attorney, Cook County, Illinois, 1965-1969
Assistant attorney general, State of Illinois, 1969-1977; deputy chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1969-1970; chief, Criminal Justice Division, 1970-1977
Chief prosecutor, Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, 1973-1975
Chief assistant attorney general, State of Arizona (on leave from Illinois), 1975
Executive director, Illinois Law Enforcement Commision, 1977-1979
Director, Illinois Department of Revenue, 1979-1980
Chairman, Illinois Governor's Advisory Counsel on Criminal Justice Legislation, 1980-1987
Director, Illinois State Police, 1980-1987


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