Lawrence Joseph O'Neill

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Lawrence Joseph O'Neill
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Assumed office
June 2016
Preceded by Morrison C. England Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Assumed office
February 2, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Oliver Winston Wanger
Personal details
Born Lawrence Joseph O'Neill
1952 (age 65–66)
Oakland, California
Education University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
Golden Gate University (M.P.A.)
UC Hastings College of the Law (J.D.)

Lawrence Joseph O'Neill (born 1952) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Oakland, California, O'Neill was a police officer for the City of San Leandro, California from 1973 to 1976. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1976, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1979. He was a law clerk to Judge Robert F. Kane, First Appellate Court, California Court of Appeal in 1979. He was in private practice in Fresno from 1979 to 1990. He was an Adjunct professor at San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis from 1986 to 1992. He was a judge on the Fresno County Superior Court, California from 1990 to 1999, and served as a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California from 1999 to 2007.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On January 9, 2007, O'Neill was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California vacated by Oliver Winston Wanger. O'Neill was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 1, 2007, and received his commission on February 2, 2007. He became Chief Judge in June 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Oliver Winston Wanger
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
2007–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Morrison C. England Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
2016–present