Emory M. Sneeden

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Emory Marlin Sneeden (May 30, 1927-September 24, 1987) was a U.S. lawyer and federal judge. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1949, and earned a J.D. from the University's law school in 1953. Furthermore, he also attended the U.S. Army War College, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the Executive Management Program at the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, later serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps stationed in Korea and Vietnam, and was eventually appointed as the Army's Chief Judge before his retirement from the servicea the rank of Brigadier General in 1975. Following his retirement from the military, he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, before joining the law school faculty at the University of South Carolina. He later served as Chief Minority Counsel and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1979 to 1981. After three years in private law practice, he was appointed to a newly created seat on the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan. Following his retirement from the federal judiciary, he returned to private practice until his death in Durham, North Carolina, a year-and-a-half later. In 1989, a courtroom in Hanaur, Germany was named in his honor.

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