Joseph Patrick Lieb

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Joseph Patrick Lieb
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In office
1966–1971
Preceded byJohn Milton Bryan Simpson
Succeeded byWilliam McRae
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
In office
October 29, 1962 – November 2, 1971
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 76 Stat. 247
Succeeded byWilliam Terrell Hodges
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
August 13, 1955 – October 29, 1962
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byJohn W. Holland
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
Joseph Patrick Lieb

(1901-09-04)September 4, 1901
Faribault, Minnesota
DiedNovember 2, 1971(1971-11-02) (aged 70)
EducationGeorgetown Law (LL.B.)

Joseph Patrick Lieb (September 4, 1901 – November 2, 1971) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Education and career[edit]

Born on September 4, 1901, in Faribault, Minnesota, Lieb received a Bachelor of Laws in 1924 from Georgetown Law. He was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1925 to 1931. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 1931 to 1934. He was in private practice in Tampa, Florida from 1934 to 1955.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Lieb received a recess appointment from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 13, 1955, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida vacated by Judge John W. Holland. He was nominated to the same position by President Eisenhower on January 12, 1956. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1956, and received his commission the next day. Lieb was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida on October 29, 1962, to a new seat authorized by 76 Stat. 247. He served as Chief Judge from 1966 to 1971. His service terminated on November 2, 1971, due to his death.[1]

Notable case[edit]

On the bench, Lieb presided over the first desegregation of Pinellas County, Florida schools and two other counties.[citation needed] He scrupulously followed the lead of higher federal courts when school desegregation cases began to come his way in the middle 1960s, even though his decisions were sometimes at odds with his own conservative leanings.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John W. Holland
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1955–1962
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 76 Stat. 247
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
1962–1971
Succeeded by
William Terrell Hodges
Preceded by
John Milton Bryan Simpson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
1966–1971
Succeeded by
William McRae