History of the Federal Judiciary

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Pratt, Robert W.
Born 1947 in Emmetsburg, IA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 7, 1997, to a seat vacated by Harold D. Vietor. Confirmed by the Senate on May 23, 1997, and received commission on May 27, 1997. Served as chief judge, 2006-2011. Assumed senior status on July 1, 2012.

Iowa Lakes Community College, A.A., 1967
Loras College, B.A., 1969
Creighton University School of Law, J.D., 1972

Professional Career:
Staff attorney, Polk County [Iowa] Legal Aid Society, 1973-1974
Private practice, Des Moines, Iowa, 1975-1997

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, August 2, 1996; no Senate vote


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