James B. Loken

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James Burton Loken
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
April 1, 2003 – March 31, 2010
Preceded byDavid R. Hansen
Succeeded byWilliam J. Riley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
October 17, 1990
Appointed byGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byGerald Heaney
Personal details
Born
James Burton Loken

(1940-05-21) May 21, 1940 (age 79)
Madison, Wisconsin
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

James Burton Loken (born May 21, 1940) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 1990.

Education and legal training[edit]

Loken earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1962 and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1965. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1965 to 1966 and for Associate Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court from 1966 to 1967.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Loken was in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1967 to 1970. He was General Counsel to the President's Committee on Consumer Interests in 1970 and a staff assistant to President Richard M. Nixon from 1970 to 1972. Loken returned to private practice in Minneapolis from 1973 to 1990 with the law firm of Faegre & Benson.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Loken was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on September 10, 1990, to a seat vacated by Judge Gerald William Heaney. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1990, and received his commission on October 17, 1990. He served as chief judge of the court from April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2010, when he was succeeded as chief judge by William J. Riley. He is currently an active judge on the court.[1]

In July 2017, Loken wrote for the en banc Eighth Circuit when it found, by a vote of 7-2, that the National Labor Relations Act did not protect Jimmy John's employees from being fired for putting up Industrial Workers of the World posters seeking sick leave.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Loken, James B. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ Note, Recent Case: Eighth Circuit Holds Employee Organizing Activity Unprotected for Disloyalty Despite Lack of “Malicious Motive”, 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1820 (2018).

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Gerald Heaney
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
1990–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
David R. Hansen
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2003–2010
Succeeded by
William J. Riley