History of the Federal Judiciary

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Barksdale, Rhesa Hawkins
Born 1944 in Jackson, MS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on November 17, 1989, to a seat vacated by Alvin B. Rubin. Confirmed by the Senate on March 9, 1990, and received commission on March 12, 1990. Assumed senior status on August 8, 2009.

U.S. Military Academy, B.S., 1966
University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1972

Professional Career:
U.S. Army, 1966-1970
Law clerk, Hon. Byron White, Supreme Court of the United States, 1972-1973
Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1973-1990
Instructor in constitutional law, University of Mississippi Law School Paralegal Course, 1975-1976
Instructor, Mississippi College School of Law, 1976
Chairman, Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, 1982-1985


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