Thomas Roberts McMillen

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Thomas Roberts McMillen
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
December 31, 1984 September 8, 1985
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
April 23, 1971 December 31, 1984
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by William Joseph Campbell
Succeeded by Suzanne B. Conlon
Personal details
Born
Thomas Roberts McMillen

(1916-06-08)June 8, 1916
Decatur, Illinois
DiedSeptember 17, 2002(2002-09-17) (aged 86)
Evanston, Illinois
Education Princeton University (A.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Thomas Roberts McMillen (June 8, 1916 – September 16, 2002) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

United States federal judge position in the USA

In the United States, the title of federal judge means a judge appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate pursuant to the Appointments Clause in Article II of the United States Constitution.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is the federal trial-level court with jurisdiction over the northern counties of Illinois.

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Education and career

McMillen was born in Decatur, Illinois, on June 8, 1916. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Princeton University in 1938 and a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1941, after which he joined the United States Army, serving until 1945. He entered private practice in Chicago, Illinois in 1946. In 1966, McMillen became a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, serving until his appointment to the federal bench. [1]

Decatur, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

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Federal judicial service

McMillen was nominated by President Richard Nixon on March 29, 1971, to a seat vacated by Judge William Joseph Campbell on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was confirmed on April 21, 1971, and received his commission on April 23, 1971. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1984. McMillen served in that capacity until he retired on September 8, 1985, and returned to private practice. He died in Evanston, Illinois, on September 16, 2002. [1]

Richard Nixon 37th president of the United States

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president of the United States from 1969 to 1974. He had previously served as the 36th vice president of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as both a U.S. representative and senator from California.

William Joseph Campbell was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Senior status is a form of semi-retirement for United States federal judges and judges in some state court systems. A judge must be at least 65 years of age and have served in federal courts for at least 15 years to qualify, with one less year of service required for each additional year of age. When that happens, they receive the full salary of a judge but have the option to take a reduced caseload, although many senior judges choose to continue to work full-time. Additionally, senior judges do not occupy seats; instead, their seats become vacant, and the president may appoint new full-time judges to fill their spots.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Joseph Campbell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1971–1984
Succeeded by
Suzanne B. Conlon