Mary Beck Briscoe
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
June 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Robert Henry|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
May 26, 1995
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||James Logan|
April 4, 1947 |
Council Grove, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Kansas, Lawrence
University of Virginia
Early life and education
Briscoe was born in Council Grove, Kansas, and grew up on a farm near that community. She graduated from Dwight Rural High School in 1965 as her small class's valedictorian, according to a June 1, 1995 article in the Kansas City Star. She then earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1969. Briscoe graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1973, and earned a master of laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1990.
Briscoe began her legal career in 1973 working for the Interstate Commerce Commission as an attorney-examiner. In 1974, she was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for Kansas, eventually becoming the supervising attorney for the Topeka office. She was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1984 by Gov. John W. Carlin, where she served until her appointment to the Tenth Circuit. From 1990 until 1995, Briscoe was the chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Federal judicial service
On March 14, 1995, President Clinton nominated Briscoe to her seat on the Tenth Circuit to replace James K. Logan, who had retired. Her nomination was not viewed as at all controversial, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her in a voice vote on May 25, 1995. She became chief judge of the court on May 1, 2010. 
- Tenth Circuit Profile
- Mary Beck Briscoe at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit