William J. Riley

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William Jay Riley
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
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
Assumed office
August 3, 2001
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Clarence Arlen Beam
Personal details
Born William Jay Riley
(1947-03-11) March 11, 1947 (age 70)
Lincoln, Nebraska
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 United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Education and background[edit]

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.

Nomination and confirmation[edit]

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.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James B. Loken
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2010–2017
Succeeded by
Lavenski Smith
Preceded by
Clarence Arlen Beam
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2001–present
Incumbent