Frank DeArmon Whitney

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Frank DeArmon Whitney
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
June 2, 2013
Preceded by Robert J. Conrad
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
July 5, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Harold Brent McKnight
United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
April 2002 – July 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Personal details
Born Frank DeArmon Whitney
1959 (age 58–59)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Education Wake Forest University (B.A.)
University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.B.A.)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Seal of the United States Army Reserve.svg US Army Reserve
Years of service 1982–2012
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit JAG Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Meritorious Service Medal

Frank DeArmon Whitney (born 1959) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Whitney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1982[1] where he was a member of the ROTC program and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively, in 1987. He entered private practice in Washington, D.C., in 1987. From 1988-89 he was a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit before returning to private practice from 1989-90. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1990-2001. He was in private practice in Charlotte from 2001 to 2002, and was then the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2002-06.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Whitney was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 14, 2006, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina vacated by Harold Brent McKnight. Whitney was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 22, 2006, and received his commission on July 5, 2006.[4] On June 2, 2013 he became Chief Judge.

Military service[edit]

Whitney served in the United States Army Reserve from 1982 to 2012. According to a JAG Corps historian, he is the first federal judge to serve as a military judge presiding over courts-martial in a combat theater.[1] He also presided over the last court martial in Iraq before the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.[5]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Harold Brent McKnight
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Robert J. Conrad
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2013–present