James M. Burns (judge)
|James M. Burns|
|Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon|
June 2, 1972 – December 21, 2001
|Nominated by||Richard Nixon|
|Preceded by||Gus J. Solomon|
|Succeeded by||Robert E. Jones|
|Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon|
|Preceded by||Otto R. Skopil, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Owen M. Panner|
|Judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court|
|Born||November 24, 1924
December 21, 2001 (aged 77)
|Alma mater||University of Portland
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
James Milton Burns (November 24, 1924 – December 21, 2001) was a United States federal judge.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Burns was in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945, and thereafter received a B.A. from the University of Portland in 1947 and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1950. He was in private practice in Portland from 1950 to 1952, and again from 1956 to 1966, serving in the interim as a district attorney of Harney County, Oregon. He was also a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon from 1962 to 1965. He was a judge on the Oregon Circuit Court for Multnomah County from 1966 to 1972, becoming a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College in 1971.
On March 22, 1972, Burns was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon vacated by Gus J. Solomon. Burns was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 25, 1972, and received his commission on June 2, 1972. He served as chief judge from 1979 to 1984. He assumed senior status on November 24, 1989 and served in that capacity until his death, in 2001, in Wilsonville, Oregon.