Robert McWilliams

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Robert McWilliams
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Richard Nixon
Active:   10/14/1970 - 8/31/1984
Senior:   8/31/1984 - 4/10/2013
Preceded by:   Jean Breitenstein
Past chief:   1961-1970
Past term:   Supreme Court of Colorado
Personal History
Hometown:   Kansas
Deceased:   April 2013
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.[1]

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.[2]

Professional career

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.[2]

Judicial career

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.[2]

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