Diana E. Murphy

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Diana Murphy
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
October 11, 1994 – November 29, 2016
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Gibson
Succeeded by Vacant
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In office
February 20, 1980 – October 11, 1994
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Ann Montgomery
Personal details
Born (1934-01-04) January 4, 1934 (age 83)
Faribault, Minnesota, U.S.
Education University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (BA, JD)

Diana E. Murphy, (born January 4, 1934) is a Senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.[1]

Education[edit]

Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1954 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1974,[2] where she was an editor on the Law Review.

State court service[edit]

She served as a state court judge on the Minnesota District Court, Fourth Judicial District from 1978 to 1980.

Federal judicial service[edit]

District Court service[edit]

Murphy was nominated by Jimmy Carter to be a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on November 30, 1979. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 20, 1980 and received her commission the same day. She served on the district court until her elevation to the Court of Appeals She served as chief judge of the district court from 1992 to 1994.[2]

Court of Appeals service[edit]

Murphy was nominated to be a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by Bill Clinton on July 28, 1994 and confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 1994. She received her commission on October 11, 1994.[2] While on the Court of Appeals she also served as Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 1999 to 2004.[2] She assumed senior status on November 29, 2016. Murphy is the first woman to serve on the Eighth Circuit.[3]

Attorney General consideration[edit]

In 1993 she was reportedly considered for the post of Attorney General of the United States, which later went to Janet Reno.

References[edit]

Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
1980–1994
Succeeded by
Ann Montgomery
Preceded by
John Gibson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1994–2016
Vacant