Lee Roy West
|Lee Roy West|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
Assumed office |
November 26, 1994
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
|Preceded by||Ralph Gordon Thompson|
|Succeeded by||David Lynn Russell|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma|
November 2, 1979 – November 26, 1994
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629|
|Succeeded by||Vicki Miles-LaGrange|
Lee Roy West|
1929 (age 88–89)
University of Oklahoma (B.A.)|
University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D.)
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
Lee Roy West (born 1929) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Education and career
Born in Clayton, Oklahoma, West received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, and was a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1956 (in active service from 1952 to 1954). West received a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1956, and a Master of Laws 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. West 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.
Federal judicial service
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.
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Ralph Gordon Thompson
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
David Lynn Russell