History of the Federal Judiciary

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Townes, Sandra L.
Born 1944 in Spartanburg, SC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Nominated by George W. Bush on August 1, 2003, to a seat vacated by Sterling Johnson, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on June 3, 2004, and received commission on August 2, 2004. Assumed senior status on May 1, 2015.

Johnson C. Smith University, B.A., 1966
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:
Assistant district attorney, Onondaga County, New York, 1977-1987; senior assistant district attorney, 1983-1986; chief assistant district attorney, 1986-1987
Adjunct professor, Syracuse University College of Law, 1987-1995
Judge, Syracuse [New York] City Court, 1988-1999
Adjunct professor, Onondaga Community College, 1992-2001
Justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Fifth Judicial District, 2000-2004
Associate justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, 2001-2004


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