James Henry Alesia

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James Henry Alesia (July 16, 1934 – July 24, 2003) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Alesia received a B.S. from Loyola University Chicago in 1956 and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1960. He was in private practice in Chicago Heights, Illinois from 1960 to 1963, and was then an attorney for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company from 1963 to 1970, returning to private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1970 to 1971. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois from 1971 to 1973. He was trial counsel to The Chessie System in 1973. He was an Administrative Law Judge for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration from 1973 to 1980, and for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1980 to 1982. He then returned to private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1982 to 1987.

On February 2, 1987, Alesia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by George N. Leighton. Alesia was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 19, 1987, and received his commission on May 20, 1987. He assumed senior status on February 1, 1998, serving in that capacity until his death, in Chicago, Illinois.

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