History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Arnold, Richard Sheppard
Born March 26, 1936, in Texarkana, TX
Died September 23, 2004, in Rochester, MN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on August 14, 1978, to a seat vacated by Terry L. Shell. Confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 1978, and received commission on September 22, 1978. Service terminated on March 7, 1980, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on August 14, 1978, to a seat vacated by Terry L. Shell. Confirmed by the Senate on September 20, 1978, and received commission on September 22, 1978. Service terminated on March 7, 1980, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on December 19, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on February 20, 1980, and received commission on February 20, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1992-1998. Assumed senior status on April 1, 2001. Service terminated on September 23, 2004, due to death.

Education:
Yale University, B.A., 1957
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1960

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1960-1961
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1961-1964
Private practice, Texarkana, Arkansas, 1964-1973
Delegate, seventh Arkansas constitutional convention, 1969-1970
Legislative secretary, Gov. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas, 1973-1974
Legislative assistant, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas, 1975-1978

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, December 14, 1979; nomination withdrawn by president, December 19, 1979
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