Frank DeArmon Whitney

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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 by Robert James Conrad Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
July 5, 2006
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by H. Brent McKnight
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
April 2002 – July 2006
Nominated by George W. Bush
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 62–63)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Wake Forest University
UNC School of Law
UNC Chapel Hill
Awards Meritorious Service Medal
Military service
Service/branch  United States Army
United States AR seal.svg US Army Reserve
Years of service 1982–present
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit JAG Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War

Frank DeArmon Whitney (born 1959) is a United States federal judge and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Biography

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Whitney received a B.A. 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 J.D./M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. He entered private practice in Washington, D.C., in 1987. From 1988-89 he was a law clerk for the Hon. David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit before returning to private practice from 1989-90. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina from 1990-2001. He was in private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2001 to 2002, and was then the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2002-06.[2][3]

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 H. 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 was appointed Chief Judge.

Whitney has served in the United States Army Reserve since 1982. 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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Judge Frank Whitney ('82) delivers justice in a war zone". Wake Forest Magazine. April 13, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Congressional Record, V. 148, PT. 4, April 11, 2002 to April 24, 2002. Government Printing Office. pp. 5139, 5290.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Congressional Record Volume 148, Number 45 (Monday, April 22, 2002)". Government Printing Office.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Congressional Record, V. 152, Pt. 9, June 16, 2006 to June 27, 2006. Government Printing Office. 2010. p. 12445.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Commitment to Service Takes Federal Judge to War". United States Courts. Feb 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert James Conrad Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2013–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
H. Brent McKnight
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2006–present