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Byrne, William Matthew Jr.
Born September 3, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA
Died January 12, 2006, in Los Feliz, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on April 21, 1971, to a new seat authorized by 84 Stat. 294. Confirmed by the Senate on May 20, 1971, and received commission on May 20, 1971. Served as chief judge, 1994-1998. Assumed senior status on February 28, 1998. Service terminated on January 12, 2006, due to death.

Education:
University of Southern California, B.S., 1953
University of Southern California Law School, LL.B., 1956

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Pierson M. Hall, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1956
U.S. Air Force, 1956-1958
Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of California, 1958-1960
Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1960-1967
U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, 1967-1970
Executive director, President Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest, 1970
Adjunct professor, Loyola Law School

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, October 1, 1968; no Senate vote
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, January 9, 1969; nomination withdrawn by president, January 23, 1969

 

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