Roger D. Foley

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Roger D. Foley
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
October 29, 1982 – January 7, 1996
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
1963–1980
Preceded byJohn Rolly Ross
Succeeded byHarry E. Claiborne
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
July 2, 1962 – October 29, 1982
Appointed byJohn F. Kennedy
Preceded bySeat established by 75 Stat. 80
Succeeded byLloyd D. George
Attorney General of Nevada
In office
1959–1962
Preceded byHarvey Dickerson
Succeeded byCharles E. Springer
Personal details
Born
Roger Drummond Foley

(1917-04-28)April 28, 1917
Goldfield, Nevada
DiedJanuary 7, 1996(1996-01-07) (aged 78)
Las Vegas, Nevada
EducationUniversity of San Francisco School of Law (LL.B.)

Roger Drummond Foley (April 28, 1917 – January 7, 1996) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Goldfield, Nevada, Foley was the eldest of five sons of Helen Drummond and Roger Thomas Foley, the latter also having been a federal district judge in Nevada.[1] The family moved to Las Vegas in 1928.[2] He received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of San Francisco School of Law. During World War II, Foley flew over 50 combat missions as a first lieutenant bombardier and navigator in the United States Army Air Corps.[2] He was a deputy district attorney of Clark County, Nevada from 1948 to 1951, then district attorney of that county until 1955. He was in private practice in Las Vegas from 1956 to 1958, and was the Attorney General of Nevada from 1959 to 1962.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 12, 1962, Foley was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada created by 75 Stat. 80. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1962, and received his commission on July 2, 1962. He served as Chief Judge from 1963 to 1980, assuming senior status on October 29, 1982, and serving in that capacity until his death on January 7, 1996, in Las Vegas.[3]

Honor[edit]

The Foley Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Las Vegas is named for the family, as a whole.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Foley Family: Four Generations of Service, The Nevada Bar (January 1, 2003).
  2. ^ a b Roger Drummond Foley - Democrat, Elected, Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  3. ^ a b Roger D. Foley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Harvey Dickerson
Attorney General of Nevada
1959–1962
Succeeded by
Charles E. Springer
Preceded by
Seat established by 75 Stat. 80
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
1962–1982
Succeeded by
Lloyd D. George
Preceded by
John Rolly Ross
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
1963–1980
Succeeded by
Harry E. Claiborne