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Oakes, James Lowell

Born February 21, 1924, in Springfield, IL
Died October 13, 2007, in Marthas Vineyard, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on March 31, 1970, to a seat vacated by Ernest W. Gibson. Confirmed by the Senate on April 23, 1970, and received commission on April 24, 1970. Service terminated on June 5, 1971, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on May 3, 1971, to a seat vacated by Sterry Robinson Waterman. Confirmed by the Senate on May 20, 1971, and received commission on May 27, 1971. Served as chief judge, 1988-1992. Assumed senior status on June 30, 1992. Service terminated on October 13, 2007, due to death.

Education:
Harvard University, A.B., 1945
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1947

Professional Career:

Law clerk, Hon. Harrie B. Chase, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1947-1948, 1949-1950
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1948-1949
Private practice, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1950-1966, 1969-1970
State senator, Vermont, 1961-1965
Attorney general, State of Vermont, 1967-1969
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1989-1992