William J. Riley

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William Riley
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 31, 2010
Preceded by James Loken
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 3, 2001
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Clarence Beam
Personal details
Born (1947-03-11) March 11, 1947 (age 68)
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Clarence Beam
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2001–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
James Loken
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2010–present