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Fitzgerald, James Martin

Born October 7, 1920, in Portland, OR
Died April 3, 2011, in Santa Rosa, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
Nominated by Gerald Ford on December 2, 1974, to a seat vacated by Raymond E. Plummer. Confirmed by the Senate on December 18, 1974, and received commission on December 20, 1974. Served as chief judge, 1984-1989. Assumed senior status on January 1, 1989. Service terminated on April 3, 2011, due to death.

Willamette University, B.A., 1950
Willamette University College of Law, LL.B., 1951

Professional Career:

U.S. Army private, 1940-1941
U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, 1942-1946
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Alaska Territory, 1952-1956
City attorney, Anchorage, Alaska, 1956-1959
Legal counsel, Gov. William A. Egan, Alaska, 1959
Commissioner of public safety, State of Alaska, 1959
Judge, Alaska Superior Court, Third Judicial District, 1959-1972; presiding judge, 1969-1972
Justice, Alaska Supreme Court, 1972-1975