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Bernard Friedman

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Bernard Friedman
Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/20/1988 - 1/1/2009
Chief:   2004 - 2009
Senior:   1/1/2009 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert DeMascio
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Detroit, MI
Law School:   Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1968
Military service:   U.S. Army 1967 - 1973

Bernard A. Friedman is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Friedman assumed senior status on January 1, 2009.

Early life and education

A native of Detroit, Friedman graduated with his law degree from Detroit Mercy College of Law in 1968.[1]

Military service

Before entering the legal profession, Friedman served as a U.S. Army Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps from 1967 to 1968 on active duty, and continued for five more years as a U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant in the JAG Corps from 1968 to 1973.[1]

Professional career

After serving in active duty, Friedman was a felony trial attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office from 1969 to 1970 before working for 12 years in private practice in Detroit and Southfield from 1974 to 1982. Friedman then served as a state judge in Michigan's 48th District from 1982 to 1988.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Michigan

Friedman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on February 2, 1988, to a seat vacated by Robert DeMascio as DeMasico applied for senior status. Friedman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 19, 1988, on a full Senate vote and received commission on April 20, 1988. In 2004, Friedman became the chief judge of the Eastern District of Michigan before assuming senior status in 2009.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Gershwin Drain.

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Robert DeMascio
Eastern District of Michigan
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Gershwin Drain

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