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William J. Riley

William Riley
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
March 31, 2010
Preceded by James Loken
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
August 3, 2001
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Clarence Beam
Personal details
Born (1947-03-11) March 11, 1947
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma mater University of Nebraska, Lincoln

William Jay Riley (born March 11, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Nomination and confirmation

He was nominated by President Clarence Arlen Beam. He was swiftly confirmed 97-0 by the United States Senate just over two months later on August 2, 2001. He was the first Bush circuit judge nominee confirmed.

Education and background

Riley received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and earned his J.D. at the UNL College of Law. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to

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