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Southwick, Leslie
Born 1950 in Edinburg, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on January 9, 2007, to a seat vacated by Charles W. Pickering, Sr. Confirmed by the Senate on October 24, 2007, and received commission on October 29, 2007.

Rice University, B.A., 1972
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1975

Professional Career:
U.S. Army Reserve, 1993-1997
Mississippi National Guard, 1997-2008
Briefing attorney, Hon. John F. Onion, Jr., Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1975-1976
Law clerk, Hon. Charles Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1976-1977
Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1977-1989
Adjunct professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1985-1989, 1998-
Visiting professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007
Deputy assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1989-1993
Judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 1995-2006
Candidate for Mississippi Supreme Court, 1996
U.S. Army staff judge advocate, 2005

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, June 6, 2006; no Senate vote


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