James Henry Alesia

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James Henry Alesia
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
February 1, 1998 – July 24, 2003
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
May 20, 1987 – February 1, 1998
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by George N. Leighton
Succeeded by William J. Hibbler
Personal details
Born (1934-07-16)July 16, 1934
Chicago, Illinois
Died July 24, 2003(2003-07-24) (aged 69)
Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Loyola University Chicago B.S.
Chicago-Kent College of Law J.D.
Profession Attorney

James Henry Alesia (July 16, 1934 – July 24, 2003) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Biography[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Alesia received a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Chicago in 1956 and a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1960. He was in private practice in Chicago Heights from 1960 to 1963, and was then an attorney for the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company from 1963 to 1970, returning to private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1970 to 1971. He was an assistant United States Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois from 1971 to 1973. He was trial counsel to the Chessie System in 1973. He was an Administrative Law Judge for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration from 1973 to 1980, and for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1980 to 1982. He then returned to private practice in Chicago, from 1982 to 1987.

District Court service[edit]

On February 2, 1987, Alesia was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by George N. Leighton. Alesia was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 19, 1987, and received his commission on May 20, 1987. He assumed senior status due to a certified disability on February 1, 1998, serving in that capacity until his death, in Chicago.

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