Johnnie B. Rawlinson

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Johnnie B. Rawlinson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 26, 2000
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Melvin Brunetti
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
April 7, 1998 – July 26, 2000
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lloyd George
Succeeded by Larry Hicks
Personal details
Born Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson
(1952-12-16) December 16, 1952 (age 61)
Concord, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
University of the Pacific

Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson (born December 16, 1952[1]) is a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Background[edit]

Judge Rawlinson received most of her education in North Carolina, where she earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1974. She graduated with distinction from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, receiving her J.D. in 1979.[1]

She had served as deputy district attorney and chief deputy for over 17 years in the office of the Clark County District Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada,[2] as well as receiving law practice as a clerk at Kiefer Clark & O'Reilly and other legal services throughout the United States prior to her appointments.[1] She served as a United States district judge after being nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1997. She was the first female judge to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Ninth Circuit nomination and confirmation[edit]

Rawlinson was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 22, 2000, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after being recommended for the post by U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Judge Rawlinson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a voice vote on July 21, 2000, making her the final appeals-court nominee to be confirmed during Clinton's presidency. Rawlinson subsequently took the oath of office on July 26, 2000, becoming the first African American woman to sit on the Ninth Circuit.

Personal life[edit]

Rawlinson and her husband Dwight reside in Las Vegas.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Profile of Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson". Appellate Counsellor. Calvin House. July 22, 2000. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnnie B. Rawlinson biography". Press Release. Pepperdine University. May 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lloyd George
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Larry Hicks
Preceded by
Melvin Brunetti
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2000–present
Incumbent