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James Hughes Hancock (born April 30, 1931) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

James Hughes Hancock
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Assumed office
May 1, 1996
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
In office
April 17, 1973 – May 1, 1996
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeybourn Harris Lynne
Succeeded byInge Prytz Johnson
Personal details
Born
James Hughes Hancock

(1931-04-30) April 30, 1931 (age 88)
Montgomery, Alabama
EducationUniversity of Alabama (B.S.)
University of Alabama School of Law (LL.B.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Hancock received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1953 and was a lieutenant in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1957. He was a law clerk for Justice John L. Goodwyn of Alabama Supreme Court. He was in private practice in Birmingham from 1957 to 1973.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On March 20, 1973, Hancock was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama vacated by Judge Seybourn Harris Lynne. Hancock was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 10, 1973, and received his commission on April 17, 1973. He assumed senior status on May 1, 1996.[1]

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