James B. Loken
|James B. Loken|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
October 17, 1990
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Gerald Heaney|
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
April 1, 2003 – March 31, 2010
|Preceded by||David Hansen|
|Succeeded by||William Riley|
May 21, 1940 |
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin, Madison
Harvard Law School
James Burton Loken (born May 21, 1940) is a federal appeals court judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since 1990.
Education and legal training
Loken earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1962 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 1965 to 1966 and for Associate Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1966 to 1967.
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.
Federal judicial service
Loken was nominated to the Eighth Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on September 10, 1990, to a seat vacated by Gerald William Heaney. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, and received his commission on October 17. 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 Jay Riley. He is currently an active judge on the court.
- James B. Loken at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit