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Bates, John D.
Born 1946 in Elizabeth, NJ

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Stanley S. Harris. Confirmed by the Senate on December 11, 2001, and received commission on December 14, 2001. Assumed senior status on October 12, 2014.

Education:
Wesleyan University, B.A., 1968
University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:
U.S. Army first lieutenant, 1968-1971
Law clerk, Hon. Roszel C. Thomsen, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1976-1977
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1977-1980, 1998-2001
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, 1980-1997; chief, Civil Division, 1987-1997
Deputy independent counsel, Whitewater investigation, 1995-1997
Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 2013-2015

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, June 20, 2001; no Senate vote

 

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