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  • Robert H. Whaley, United States District Judge
    Robert H. Whaley, United States District Judge

    Judge Whaley currently serves as a Senior United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Washington.  He was nominated by President Clinton on May 24, 1995, and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 1995, and appointed by the President on June 30, 1995.  Judge Whaley served as chief judge from August 1, 2005 to July 12, 2009.

    Prior to his federal judicial appointment, Judge Whaley served as a Superior Court Judge in Spokane County from 1992-1995.  Early in his legal career, Judge Whaley was a trial attorney with the Department of Justice in the Land and Natural Resources Division.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Washington for two years in the early 1970's and was in private practice for twenty years before being appointed to the Superior Court bench.

    Judge Whaley went to undergraduate school at Princeton University and earned his A.B. in 1965.  He graduated from Emory University School of Law in 1968, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

    Original Appointment: October 10, 2011
    Term Expires:  September 30, 2017
    Hometown: Spokane, WA
    Profession: Judge
    Other Assignment: Early Head Start Board and EWU Foundation Board Representative

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