Glen E. Conrad
Glen Edward Conrad (born 1949) is a U.S. district judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and a former federal judicial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, Conrad was the son of an elementary school teacher mother and a father who worked in the post office. Conrad earned a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in 1971, where he wrote his senior thesis on the Republican Party. While writing that thesis, Conrad met James Clinton Turk, the federal district judge whom he eventually would succeed on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Conrad's first job was as an interpreter/host at Colonial Williamsburg in 1974. He then worked as a U.S. probation officer for the Western District of Virginia from 1975 until 1976.
In 1976, Conrad became a U.S. magistrate for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He served in that capacity until 2003. Conrad applied for a federal judgeship in 1990.
On April 28, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Conrad to become a U.S. district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. "I felt like I had done just about all I could do with the responsibilities I had," Conrad told the Roanoke Times. The U.S. Senate confirmed Conrad in an 89-0 vote on September 22, 2003. Conrad received his commission on September 24, 2003. Since 2010 he has served as chief judge.
Fourth Circuit nomination under Bush
On May 8, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Conrad to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, to fill the seat of H. Emory Widener, Jr., who had taken senior status in July 2007 (Widener died in September 2007). Bush had withdrawn the nomination of his previous choice for that seat, E. Duncan Getchell, after objections by both of Virginia's senators. Previous to Getchell, from September 2003 until January 2007, William J. Haynes, II had been nominated to the seat, but his nomination had met stiff opposition from Senate Democrats over the role he had played during his tenure as the general counsel of the United States Department of Defense in the formulation of rules concerning the use of torture in Iraq. Eventually, Haynes withdrew his nomination. Conrad's nomination to the Fourth Circuit expired upon the end of President Bush's presidency in January 2009.
Conrad's wife, Mary Ann, is active in the Republican Party.
- Glen E. Conrad at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
James Clinton Turk
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia