William J. Riley
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
March 31, 2010
|Preceded by||James Loken|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
August 3, 2001
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Clarence Beam|
March 11, 1947 |
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Nebraska, Lincoln|
William Jay Riley (born March 11, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Nomination and confirmation
He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 23, 2001 to a seat vacated by Judge Clarence Arlen Beam. He was swiftly confirmed 97-0 by the United States Senate just over two months later on August 2, 2001. He was the first Bush circuit judge nominee confirmed.
Education and background
Riley received a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and earned his J.D. at the UNL College of Law. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to Eighth Circuit Judge Donald Lay, and then he was in private practice until his appointment to the Eighth Circuit. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Creighton University, College of Law, and at University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law since 2006.
- William J. Riley 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 Eighth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit