David Rabinovitz

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David Rabinovitz (May 22, 1908 – August 25, 1986) was one of the handful of United States federal judges to be unsuccessfully appointed to the federal bench through a recess appointment.

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Rabinovitz graduated from Marquette University in 1927 and received an LL.B. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1930. He was in private practice in Sheboygan from 1930 to 1964. Rabinovitz was involved with the Democratic Party. He was a labor attorney who represented the United Auto Workers Local 83 against the Kohler Company during the strike in the early 1960s.[1]

On January 7, 1964, Rabinovitz received a recess appointment from President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin vacated by Patrick T. Stone.[2] Rabinovitz was formally nominated on February 3, 1964, but his service was terminated on October 3, 1964, after nomination was not confirmed by the Senate. He then returned to private practice in Sheboygan until his death in that city in 1986.


  1. ^ 'Ex-federal judge David Rabinovitz dies,' Madison Capital Times, August 27, 1986, pg. 28
  2. ^ President Johnson Appoints David Rabinovitz to Federal Judgeship
Legal offices
Preceded by
Patrick Thomas Stone
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
James Edward Doyle