Johnnie B. Rawlinson

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Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
July 26, 2000
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Melvin T. Brunetti
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
April 7, 1998 – July 26, 2000
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lloyd D. George
Succeeded by Larry R. Hicks
Personal details
Born (1952-12-16) December 16, 1952 (age 65)
Concord, North Carolina
Education North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (B.S.)
McGeorge School of Law (J.D.)
Duke University School of Law (M.J.S.)

Johnnie Blakeney Rawlinson (born December 16, 1952)[1] is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Education and career[edit]

Rawlinson received most of her education in North Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1974. She graduated with distinction from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1979.[1]

She had served as deputy district attorney and chief deputy for over 17 years in the office of the Clark County District Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada,[2] as well as receiving law practice as a clerk at Kiefer Clark & O'Reilly and other legal services throughout the United States prior to her appointments.[1] She served as a United States district judge after being nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1997. She was the first female judge to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

In 2016, Judge Rawlinson received a Master of Judicial Studies degree from Duke University School of Law.[3]

Ninth Circuit nomination and confirmation[edit]

Rawlinson was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 22, 2000, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after being recommended for the post by United States Senator Harry Reid. Rawlinson was confirmed by the United States Senate by a voice vote on July 21, 2000, making her the final appeals-court nominee to be confirmed during Clinton's presidency. Rawlinson subsequently took the oath of office on July 26, 2000, becoming the first African American woman to sit on the Ninth Circuit.

Personal life[edit]

Rawlinson resides in Las Vegas.[2] Her husband of 40 years, Dwight Rawlinson, had cancer and died in August 2016.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Profile of Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson". Appellate Counsellor. Calvin House. July 22, 2000. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnnie B. Rawlinson biography". Press Release. Pepperdine University. May 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Duke Law Graduation 2016 | Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson". Duke University School of Law. May 14, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dwight Rawlinson Obituary". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Lloyd D. George
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
1998–2000
Succeeded by
Larry R. Hicks
Preceded by
Melvin T. Brunetti
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2000–present
Incumbent