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Appointed by  George H. W. Bush
Role  Judge
Name  James Loken

Preceded by  David Hansen
Preceded by  Gerald Heaney
Succeeded by  William J. Riley
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Alma mater  University of Wisconsin, Madison Harvard Law School
Education  Harvard Law School, University of Wisconsin-Madison

James Burton Loken (born May 21, 1940) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 1990.


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Education and legal training

Loken earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1962 and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1965. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1965 to 1966 and for Associate Justice Byron White of the United States 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 United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on September 10, 1990, to a seat vacated by Judge Gerald William Heaney. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1990, and received his commission on October 17, 1990. He served as chief judge of the court from April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2010, when he was succeeded as chief judge by William J. Riley. He is currently an active judge on the court.


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