Robert H. Whaley

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Robert H. Whaley
Robert H. Whaley District Judge.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Assumed office
July 12, 2009
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
In office
2005–2009
Preceded by Frederick L. Van Sickle
Succeeded by Lonny R. Suko
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
In office
June 30, 1995 – July 12, 2009
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Justin L. Quackenbush
Succeeded by Thomas O. Rice
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 73–74)
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University (A.B.)
Emory University School of Law (J.D.)

Robert H. Whaley (born 1943) is a Senior United States district court judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Huntington, West Virginia, Whaley received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1965, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1968. Robert H Whaley is the son of William Whaley, an FBI agent during World War II and Carolyn Knox Whaley.

Career[edit]

Whaley was in the United States Marine Corps in 1968, and in private practice of law in Georgia from 1968 to 1969. He became a trial attorney for the Land and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1969 to 1971, and then an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington until 1972. He returned to private practice in Spokane, Washington from 1972 to 1992. Whaley also tried a case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States, Texaco Inc. v. Hasbrouck. The case was decided on June 14, 1990.

Judicial service[edit]

Whaley was a judge on the Superior Court of Spokane County, Washington from 1992 to 1995. On May 24, 1995, President Bill Clinton nominated Whaley to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington vacated by Justin L. Quackenbush. Whaley was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 1995, and received his commission the same day. He became chief judge of the District in 2005. He assumed senior status on July 12, 2009.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Frederick L. Van Sickle
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Lonny R. Suko
Preceded by
Justin L. Quackenbush
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
1995–2009
Succeeded by
Thomas O. Rice