David Lynn Russell

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David Lynn Russell
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Assumed office
July 7, 2013
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
In office
1994–2001
Preceded byLee Roy West
Succeeded byRobin J. Cauthron
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
In office
December 17, 1981 – December 1, 1990
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byFrederick Alvin Daugherty
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
In office
December 17, 1981 – July 7, 2013
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byFrederick Alvin Daugherty
Personal details
Born
David Lynn Russell

(1942-07-07) July 7, 1942 (age 76)
Sapulpa, Oklahoma
EducationOklahoma Baptist University (B.S.)
University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D.)

David Lynn Russell (born July 7, 1942) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Russell received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1963 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1965. He was in the United States Navy, JAG Corps, from 1965 to 1968, continuing to serve as a reservist until 1971 and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was an assistant attorney general of the State of Oklahoma from 1968 to 1969, and was then a legal advisor to Governor Dewey Bartlett from 1969 to 1971. He entered private practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1971 to 1972, but when Bartlett was elected to the United States Senate, Russell became his chief legislative assistant from 1972 to 1975. Russell was then the United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1977, returning to private practice in Oklahoma City from 1979 to 1981, but again serving in the United States Attorney post from 1981 to 1982.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On December 4, 1981, Russell was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a joint seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, vacated by Judge Frederick Alvin Daugherty. Russell was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1981, and received his commission on December 17, 1981. On December 1, 1990, he was reassigned by operation of law to serve on only the Western District of Oklahoma, where he served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. He took senior status on July 7, 2013.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Russell, David Lynn - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frederick Alvin Daugherty
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

1981–1990
Seat abolished
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
1981–2013
Vacant
Preceded by
Lee Roy West
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
1994–2001
Succeeded by
Robin J. Cauthron