Frank J. Magill

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Frank Magill
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
March 4, 1986 – April 1, 1997
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Myron Bright
Succeeded by John Kelly
Personal details
Born Frank John Magill
(1927-06-03)June 3, 1927
Verona, North Dakota, U.S.
Died June 2, 2013(2013-06-02) (aged 85)
Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University
Columbia University

Frank John Magill (June 3, 1927 – June 2, 2013) was a United States federal judge.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Verona, North Dakota in 1927,[2] Magill served in the United States Navy Seaman from 1945 to 1947. He received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1951, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1953, and an LL.B. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1955. He then worked in private law practice in Fargo, North Dakota until 1986.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On January 21, 1986, Magill was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated by Myron H. Bright. Magill was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1986, and received his commission on March 4, 1986. Magill assumed senior status on April 1, 1997.


Magill's daughter, M. Elizabeth Magill was a law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law until 2012. Currently, she is the dean of Stanford Law School.



Legal offices
Preceded by
Myron Bright
Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Succeeded by
John Kelly