Donald Ellsworth Walter

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Donald Ellsworth Walter
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 30, 2001
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
In office
July 11, 1985 – November 30, 2001
Preceded by Seat established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by S. Maurice Hicks Jr.
United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport
In office
1969–1977
Personal details
Born (1936-03-15) March 15, 1936 (age 79)
Jennings, Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Shreveport, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Lawyer
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

Donald Ellsworth Walter (born March 15, 1936) is a United States federal judge of the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport. In 2001, he assumed senior status.

Born in Jennings in Jefferson Davis Parish in southwestern Louisiana, Walter was in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University in 1961 and a Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law School in 1964. He was in private practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from 1964 to 1969, and, a nominee of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana from 1969 to 1977. In August 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., nominated Walter to the district court, but the United States Senate, with a large Democrat majority, declined to vote on his nomination. Walter returned to private practice in Shreveport from 1978 to 1985.

On May 15, 1985, Walter was nominated by President Ronald W. Reagan to a new seat on the District Court for the Western District of Louisiana created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 10, 1985, receiving his commission the following day. Walter assumed senior status on November 30, 2001.

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Preceded by
Seat established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
1985–2001
Succeeded by
S. Maurice Hicks Jr.