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Skretny, William M.

Born 1945 in Buffalo, NY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on June 12, 1990, to a seat vacated by John T. Curtin. Confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1990, and received commission on August 7, 1990. Served as chief judge, 2010-2015. Assumed senior status on March 8, 2015.

Canisius College, A.B., 1966
Howard University School of Law, J.D., 1969
Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M., 1972

Professional Career:

Fellow, Ford Foundation
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1971-1973
Assistant U.S. attorney, Western District of New York, 1973-1981; first assistant U.S. attorney, 1975-1981
Special counsel, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1979
Staff attorney, Office of Special Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, 1980
Private practice, Buffalo, New York, 1981-1983, 1988-1990
First deputy district attorney, Erie County, New York, 1983-1988
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2013-2016