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Frank DeArmon Whitney
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
June 2, 2013
Preceded byRobert J. Conrad
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
July 5, 2006
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byHarold Brent McKnight
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
April 2002 – July 2006
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJanice Cole
Succeeded byGeorge Holding
Personal details
Born
Frank DeArmon Whitney

(1959-11-22) November 22, 1959 (age 59)
Charlotte, North Carolina
EducationWake Forest University (B.A.)
University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.B.A.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Seal of the United States Army Reserve.svg US Army Reserve
Years of service1982–2012
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitJAG Corps
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsMeritorious Service Medal

Frank DeArmon Whitney (born November 22, 1959) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Education and careerEdit

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Whitney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1982[1] where he was a member of the ROTC program and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He earned a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively, in 1987. He entered private practice in Washington, D.C., in 1987. From 1988-89 he was a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit before returning to private practice from 1989-90. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1990-2001. He was in private practice in Charlotte from 2001 to 2002, and was then the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2002-06.[2][3]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Whitney was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 14, 2006, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina vacated by Harold Brent McKnight. Whitney was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 22, 2006, and received his commission on July 5, 2006.[4] On June 2, 2013 he became Chief Judge.

Military serviceEdit

Whitney served in the United States Army Reserve from 1982 to 2012. According to a JAG Corps historian, he is the first federal judge to serve as a military judge presiding over courts-martial in a combat theater.[1] He also presided over the last court martial in Iraq before the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Judge Frank Whitney ('82) delivers justice in a war zone". Wake Forest Magazine. April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Congressional Record, V. 148, PT. 4, April 11, 2002 to April 24, 2002. Government Printing Office. pp. 5139, 5290.
  3. ^ "Congressional Record Volume 148, Number 45 (Monday, April 22, 2002)". Government Printing Office.
  4. ^ Congressional Record, V. 152, Pt. 9, June 16, 2006 to June 27, 2006. Government Printing Office. 2010. p. 12445.
  5. ^ "Commitment to Service Takes Federal Judge to War". United States Courts. Feb 2012.

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