Diana E. Murphy

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Diana E. Murphy
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
November 29, 2016 – May 16, 2018
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
October 11, 1994 – November 29, 2016
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn R. Gibson
Succeeded byDavid Stras
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In office
February 20, 1980 – October 13, 1994
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byAnn D. Montgomery
Personal details
Born(1934-01-04)January 4, 1934
Faribault, Minnesota
DiedMay 16, 2018(2018-05-16) (aged 84)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
EducationUniversity of Minnesota (B.A.)
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.)

Diana E. Murphy (January 4, 1934 – May 16, 2018) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Education and career[edit]

Murphy was born in Faribault, Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1954. She received a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1974. At law school she was an editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She was in private practice of law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1974 to 1976. She was a judge on the Hennepin County Municipal Court, Minnesota from 1976 to 1978. She was a judge on the Minnesota District Court, Fourth Judicial District from 1978 to 1980. She was the Commission Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission from 1999 to 2004.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Murphy was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on November 30, 1979, to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 20, 1980, and received commission the same day. She served as Chief Judge from 1992 to 1994. Her service was terminated on October 13, 1994, due to elevation to the Eighth Circuit.[1]

Murphy was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 28, 1994, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated by Judge John R. Gibson. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 1994, and received commission on October 11, 1994. Upon assuming office, Murphy became the first woman to serve on the Eighth Circuit.[1][3]

Murphy took senior status on November 29, 2016. She died in her home in Minneapolis on May 16, 2018, shortly after announcing her full retirement from the bench.[4]

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]

  1. ^ a b c "Murphy, Diana E. – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ "Justices and Judges of the United States Courts". The Office. 1 January 1980 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Jones, Leigh (May 31, 2010). "8th Circuit lags in female appointees". The National Law Journal. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Pheifer, Pat (May 16, 2018). "Diana Murphy, Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, dies at 84". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved May 16, 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
1980–1994
Succeeded by
Ann D. Montgomery
Preceded by
John R. Gibson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1994–2016
Succeeded by
David Stras