Joel Flaum

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Joel Flaum
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
August 1, 2000 – November 27, 2006
Preceded by Richard Posner
Succeeded by Frank H. Easterbrook
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Assumed office
May 5, 1983
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Arthur Sprecher
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
December 20, 1974 – June 1, 1983
Appointed by Gerald Ford
Preceded by Philip Willis Tone
Succeeded by Ilana Rovner
Personal details
Born Joel Martin Flaum
(1936-11-26) November 26, 1936 (age 80)
Hudson, New York
Education Union College (B.A.)
Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., LL.M.)

Joel Martin Flaum (born November 26, 1936) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Education[edit]

Born in Hudson, New York, Flaum received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in 1958, a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1963, and a Master of Laws from the same institution in 1964. He was a United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander, JAG Corps from 1981 to 1992.[1]

Career[edit]

Flaum was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1964 to 1965. He then transitioned into public service as an Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, Illinois, from 1965 to 1969. He served as a Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law from 1967 to 1969, and he helped found the Police Legal Advisory Program at Northwestern. Flaum was an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois from 1969 to 1970, and he became First Assistant Attorney General of Illinois from 1970 to 1972. He was First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1972 to 1975.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On November 18, 1974, at the age of 38, Flaum was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Philip Willis Tone. Flaum was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 18, 1974, and received his commission on December 20, 1974. Flaum's service terminated on June 1, 1983, due to elevation to the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Flaum was then nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 14, 1983, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Judge Robert Arthur Sprecher. Flaum was confirmed by the Senate on May 4, 1983, and received his commission on May 5, 1983. He served as Chief Judge from 2000 to 2006. He remains in active service on the Seventh Circuit.[1]

Awards[edit]

Joel Martin Flaum was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2008 in the area of Government and Law.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Flaum, Joel Martin - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  2. ^ "Laureates by Year - The Lincoln Academy of Illinois". The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Philip Willis Tone
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1974–1983
Succeeded by
Ilana Rovner
Preceded by
Robert Arthur Sprecher
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1983–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Richard Posner
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Frank H. Easterbrook