Lee Roy West
Lee Roy West (born 1929) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Born in Clayton, Oklahoma, West received a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, and was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1956 (in active service from 1952 to 1954). West received a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1956, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1963. He was in private practice in Ada, Oklahoma, from 1956 to 1961 and from 1963 to 1965, serving on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Law from 1961 to 1962, and as a Ford Foundation fellow in law teaching at Harvard Law School from 1962 to 1963. He was an Oklahoma District judge for the 22nd Judicial District from 1965 to 1973, and was a Special Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals from 1965 to 1973. He was a member of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1973 to 1978, serving as acting Chairman in 1977. He was in private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1978 to 1979.
On September 28, 1979, West was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. He served as chief judge from 1993 to 1994, assuming senior status on November 26, 1994.
- Lee Roy West at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Voices of Oklahoma interview with Lee Roy West. First person interview conducted on April 27, 2011, with Lee Roy West.
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