George P. Kazen (born 1940) is a retired United States federal judge.

George Philip Kazen
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
May 31, 2009 – March 9, 2018
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
1996–2003
Preceded byNorman William Black
Succeeded byHayden Wilson Head Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
In office
May 11, 1979 – May 31, 2009
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byDiana Saldaña
Personal details
Born
George Philip Kazen

(1940-02-29) February 29, 1940 (age 79)
Laredo, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (B.B.A.)
University of Texas School of Law (J.D.)

Born in Laredo, Texas, Kazen received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas in 1960 and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1961. He was a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court from 1961 to 1962, and was then a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, JAG Corps, from 1962 to 1965. He was in private practice in Laredo, Texas from 1965 to 1979.

On March 7, 1979, Kazen was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 10, 1979, and received his commission the following day. He served as chief judge from 1996 to 2003, and assumed senior status on May 31, 2009. Kazen has also been an adjunct professor of law at St. Mary's University Law School since 1990. After his retirement in 2018, the federal courthouse in Laredo was renamed in his honor.[1][2]

Kazen's uncle, Abraham Kazen, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1967 to 1985.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GSA, Senator Cornyn, Congressman Cuellar and Judiciary host dedication ceremony for federal courthouse in Laredo". U.S. General Services Administration. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Federal courthouse officially named after Judge Kazen". KGNS. November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2019.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1979–2009
Succeeded by
Diana Saldaña
Preceded by
Norman William Black
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
1996–2003
Succeeded by
Hayden Wilson Head Jr.