James Emmett Barrett

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James Barrett
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
April 8, 1987 – November 7, 2011
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
In office
May 19, 1979 – May 18, 1984
Appointed byWarren E. Burger
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byEdward Skottowe Northrop
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
April 23, 1971 – April 8, 1987
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byJohn J. Hickey
Succeeded byWade Brorby
22nd Attorney General of Wyoming
In office
1967–1971
GovernorStanley K. Hathaway
Preceded byDean W. Borthwick
Succeeded byClarence Brimmer
Personal details
Born
James Emmett Barrett

(1922-04-08)April 8, 1922
Lusk, Wyoming
DiedNovember 7, 2011(2011-11-07) (aged 89)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Wyoming College of Law (LL.B.)

James Emmett Barrett (April 8, 1922 – November 7, 2011) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Barrett was born in Lusk, Wyoming to Frank A. Barrett and Alice Catherine Donoghue Barrett. He graduated from Niobrara County High School in Lusk. As a teenager he wrote for the "Lusk Herald" and The Denver Post. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1949. He was in private practice in Lusk from 1949 to 1967, serving as a prosecuting attorney in Lusk from 1951 to 1962, and as a town attorney from 1954 to 1956. He was secretary-treasurer of Niobrara County Republican Central Committee from 1950 to 1966, and the attorney for the Niobrara Consolidated School District from 1952 to 1962. He became the Wyoming Attorney General from 1967 to 1971.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 25, 1971, Barrett was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit vacated by Judge John J. Hickey.[2] Barrett was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 21, 1971, and received his commission on April 23, 1971. He served as a Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review from May 19, 1979 to May 18, 1984. He assumed senior status on April 8, 1987, serving in that status until his death.[1]

Family life[edit]

Barrett's father, Frank A. Barrett, was a member of the United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, and the 21st Governor of Wyoming.[3] Barrett was married to Carmel Ann Martinez Barrett and they had three children.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Barrett died on November 7, 2011 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is interred at Lusk Cemetery in Lusk, Wyoming.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b James Emmett Barrett at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Barrett, James Emmett". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Frank Aloysius Barrett". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Judge James E. Barrett". Find A Grave. Retrieved November 15, 2012.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John J. Hickey
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1971–1987
Succeeded by
Wade Brorby
Preceded by
Seat established
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review
1979–1984
Succeeded by
Edward Skottowe Northrop