B. Lynn Winmill
|B. Lynn Winmill|
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho|
|Preceded by||Edward Lodge|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho|
August 14, 1995
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Harold Lyman Ryan|
|Born||B. Lynn Winmill
1952 (age 64–65)
|Education||Idaho State University B.A.
Harvard Law School J.D.
B. Lynn Winmill (born 1952) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.
Education and career
Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Winmill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1977. He was in private practice in Colorado at Denver from 1977 to 1979, and back in Idaho at Pocatello from 1979 to 1987.
Winmill was a state judge in the Sixth District (Pocatello) from 1987 to 1995, and was also an adjunct professor at ISU from 1991 to 1995. He was a finalist on three occasions for the Idaho Supreme Court, but was not nominated.
Federal judicial service
On May 24, 1995, Winmill was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho vacated by Harold Lyman Ryan for senior status in early 1993. The original nominee, lawyer John Tait of Lewiston, was blocked from confirmation hearings by Idaho's Republican senators, citing lack of qualifications. Winmill was confirmed by the Senate on August 11, and received his commission on August 14, 1995. Winmill became the chief judge 18 years ago in 1999, succeeding colleague Edward Lodge.
- "Pocatello judge confirmed as new federal justice". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. August 12, 1995. p. 7A.
- "Idaho judge nominated for federal bench". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. April 10, 1995. p. A10.
Harold Lyman Ryan
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho