William J. Riley
William Jay Riley
|Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
|Assumed office |
June 30, 2017
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
March 31, 2010 – March 11, 2017
|Preceded by||James B. Loken|
|Succeeded by||Lavenski Smith|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
August 3, 2001 – June 30, 2017
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Clarence Arlen Beam|
|Succeeded by||L. Steven Grasz|
William Jay Riley
March 11, 1947
|Education||University of Nebraska–Lincoln (B.A.)|
University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law (J.D.)
William Jay Riley (born March 11, 1947 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Education and background
Riley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law. Following graduation, he was a law clerk to Eighth Circuit Judge Donald Lay, and then he was in private practice until his appointment to the Eighth Circuit. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Creighton University School of Law, and at University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law since 2006.
Federal judicial service
He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 23, 2001 to a seat vacated by Judge Clarence Arlen Beam. He was swiftly confirmed 97-0 by the United States Senate just over two months later on August 2, 2001. He was the first Bush circuit judge nominee confirmed. He assumed senior status on June 30, 2017.
- William J. Riley at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Clarence Arlen Beam
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
L. Steven Grasz
James B. Loken
| Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit