Raner Collins

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Raner Collins
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/3/1998 - Present
Chief:   9/3/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   William Browning
Past chief:   Roslyn Silver
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Malvern, AR
Undergraduate:   Arkansas Polytechnic College, B.A., 1973
Law School:   University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 1975

Raner Collins is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1] On September 3, 2013, Collins became the chief judge after Roslyn Silver's transition to senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Arkansas, Collins graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and later graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law, with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.

Professional career

Collins began his law career for the Pima County Attorney's Office from 1975 to 1976 and continued on as a Trial attorney in thePima County Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1981. In 1981, Collins began his judicial career as a full-time City Magistrate in the Tucson City Court from 1981 to 1983. In 1983, Collins returned to the Pima CountyAttorney's Office County attorney for Pima County from 1983 to 1985. In 1985, Collins joined the Pima County Superior Court first as Superior court judge pro tempore from 1985 to 1988 and as Superior court judge from 1988 to 1998.

Judicial career

District of Arizona

Collins was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 1998 to a seat vacated by William Browning as Browing assumed senior status. Collins was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 31, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 3, 1998.[2] Collins became the chief judge on September 3, 2013.

Notable cases

English in Arizona schools (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Judge Collins presided in a case involving the legality of the extent of how English is taught in Arizona public schools. On December 21, 2009, the judge rejected a claim from the Arizona Department of Public Instruction and the Arizona Legislature over teaching methods of English in the Nogales Unified School District.[3] Collins dismissed the claim, stating there was not enough to evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the school district's teaching methods violated federal standards.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
William Browning
District of Arizona
Seat #1
Succeeded by: