History of the Federal Judiciary

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O`Neill, Lawrence Joseph
Born 1952 in Oakland, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Nominated by George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Oliver W. Wanger. Confirmed by the Senate on February 1, 2007, and received commission on February 2, 2007. Served as chief judge, 2016-present.

U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S District Court, Eastern District of California, 1999-2007

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1973
Golden Gate University, M.P.A., 1976
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1979

Professional Career:
Police officer, San Leandro, California, 1973-1976
Law clerk, Hon. Robert F. Kane, California Court of Appeal, First District, 1979
Private practice, Fresno, California, 1979-1990
Adjunct professor, San Joaquin College of Law, 1986-1992
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, 1990-1999

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, August 2, 2006; no Senate vote


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