Thomas Rutherford Brett

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Thomas Rutherford Brett
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
In office
October 3, 1996 February 1, 2003
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
In office
1994–1996
Preceded by James O. Ellison
Succeeded by Terence C. Kern
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
In office
November 2, 1979 October 3, 1996
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by Claire Eagan
Personal details
Born
Thomas Rutherford Brett

(1931-10-02) October 2, 1931 (age 87)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education University of Oklahoma (B.B.A.)
University of Oklahoma College of Law (LL.B., J.D.)

Thomas Rutherford Brett (born October 2, 1931) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. [1]

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Education and career

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Brett received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1952, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1957, and a Juris Doctor from the same institution in 1971. He was a lieutenant in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955, and was thereafter a reserve colonel in the United States Army JAG Corps until 1981. He was an assistant county attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1957 to 1958, and was then in private practice in Tulsa until 1979. [2]

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Federal judicial service

On September 28, 1979, Brett was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 31, 1979, and received his commission on November 2, 1979. He served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 1996, assuming senior status on October 3, 1996. Brett served in that capacity until his retirement on February 1, 2003. [2]

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References

  1. 'Oklahoma Almanac 1997-1998,' Oklahoma Department of Libraries: 1997, Biographical Sketch of Thomas R. Brett, pg. 323
  2. 1 2 Thomas Rutherford Brett at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges , a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center .

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
1979–1996
Succeeded by
Claire Eagan
Preceded by
James O. Ellison
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
1994–1996
Succeeded by
Terence C. Kern