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|United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Richard Nixon|
|Active:||10/14/1970 - 8/31/1984|
|Senior:||8/31/1984 - 4/10/2013|
|Preceded by:||Jean Breitenstein|
|Past term:||Supreme Court of Colorado|
|Undergraduate:||University of Denver '38|
|Law School:||University of Denver Law '41|
Robert McWilliams was a Federal Appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. McWilliams was serving on senior status when he passed away on April 5, 2013.
Early life and education
A native of Kansas, McWilliams graduated from Denver University with his bachelor's degree in 1938 and later graduated \from Denver Law with his law degree in 1941. McWilliams also served in the United States Armed Forces as a Special agent in the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence from 1942 to 1945 and as a U.S. Army Sergeant in the Office of Strategic Services from 1945 to 1946.
McWilliams began his legal career as a Deputy district attorney for Denver County from 1941 to 1942 and after returning from military service became the lead District attorney for Denver County from 1946 to 1949. McWilliams later became a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Colorado from 1949 to 1952 before becoming a municipal court judge in the Denver Municipal Court from 1949 to 1952. McWilliams later became a district court judge, Second Judicial District of Colorado based in Denver County from 1952 to 1961. In 1961, McWilliams was nominated by the Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission as Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado from 1961 to 1970.
He was nominated by Richard Nixon on September 22, 1970, to a seat vacated by Jean Breitenstein as Brietenstien later assumed senior status. McWilliams was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 8, 1970 on a senate vote and received commission on October 14, 1970 before later assuming senior status on August 31, 1984.
Chief Judge: Mary Briscoe • Jerome Holmes • Neil Gorsuch • Timothy Tymkovich • Harris Hartz • Carlos Lucero • Paul Kelly • Carolyn McHugh • Nancy Moritz • Robert Bacharach • Scott Matheson • Gregory Alan Phillips
|Former judges||William E. Doyle (Colorado) • Robert Henry • Michael McConnell • William Holloway • Robert McWilliams • James E. Barrett • John Hazelton Cotteral • Robert E. Lewis • Robert Williams (Oklahoma) • Orie Leon Phillips • George Thomas McDermott • Sam Gilbert Bratton • Alfred Murrah • Walter Huxman • David Thomas Lewis • Jean Breitenstein • Delmas Hill • John Hickey • James Logan • John Pickett • Oliver Seth •|
|Former Chief judges|