Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale
|Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale|
|Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
Assumed office |
August 8, 2009
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
March 12, 1990 – August 8, 2009
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Alvin Benjamin Rubin|
|Succeeded by||James E. Graves Jr.|
Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale|
August 8, 1944
United States Military Academy (B.S.)|
University of Mississippi Law School (J.D.)
Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale (born August 8, 1944) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Early life, education and legal training
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Barksdale received a Bachelor of Science degree from United States Military Academy at West Point in 1966. He was in the United States Army from 1966 to 1970, serving in the Vietnam War, and afterwards returned to studies. In 1972, he received a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi Law School, where he graduated first in his class and was a member of the Mississippi Alpha chapter of the Phi Delta Theta men's fraternity. He was a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Byron White from 1972 to 1973.
Barksdale entered the private practice of law, as an attorney for the firm of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada in Jackson from 1973 to 1990. During this time, he was an instructor in constitutional law for the University of Mississippi Law School Paralegal Course in 1975 and 1976, and an instructor in the Mississippi College School of Law in 1976. He was a Chairman, Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program from 1982 to 1985.
Federal judicial service
On November 17, 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Barksdale to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated by Judge Alvin Benjamin Rubin. Barksdale was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 9, 1990, and received his commission on March 12, 1990. Barksdale took senior status on August 8, 2009.
- "Barksdale, Rhesa Hawkins - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Alvin Benjamin Rubin
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
James E. Graves Jr.