J. Lawrence Irving

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J. Lawrence Irving
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
In office
July 28, 1982 – December 31, 1990
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Edward Joseph Schwartz
Succeeded by Irma Elsa Gonzalez
Personal details
Born J. Lawrence Irving
1935 (age 82–83)
San Diego, California
Education University of Southern California (B.S.)
USC Gould School of Law (LL.B.)

J. Lawrence Irving (born 1935) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Education and career[edit]

Born in San Diego, California, Irving was in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1959 and a Bachelor of Laws from the USC Gould School of Law in 1963. He was in private practice in San Diego from 1963 to 1982.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On July 15, 1982, Irving was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California vacated by Judge Edward Joseph Schwartz. Irving was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 28, 1982, and received his commission the same day. Irving served in that capacity until his resignation on December 31, 1990.[1]

Resignation[edit]

Irving resigned due to a belief that federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional and immoral. "If I remain on the bench I have no choice but to follow the law," he said. "I just can't, in good conscience, continue to do this".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Irving, J. Lawrence - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Criticizing Sentencing Rules, U.S. Judge Resigns", The New York Times, September 30, 1990.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Joseph Schwartz
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California
1982–1990
Succeeded by
Irma Elsa Gonzalez