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James B. Loken

James Loken
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
October 17, 1990
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Gerald Heaney
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
April 1, 2003 – March 31, 2010
Preceded by David Hansen
Succeeded by William Riley
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 74–75)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Madison
Harvard Law School

James B. Loken (born in 1940 in Madison, Wisconsin) is a federal appeals court judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 1990.

Education and legal training

Loken earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1962 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 1965 to 1966 and for Associate Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1966 to 1967.

Professional career

Loken was in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1967 to 1970. He was General Counsel to the President's Committee on Consumer Interests in 1970 and a staff assistant to President Richard M. Nixon from 1970 to 1972. Loken returned to private practice in Minneapolis from 1973 to 1990 with the law firm of Faegre & Benson.

Federal judicial service

Loken was nominated to the Eighth Circuit by President Gerald William Heaney. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on

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