William Byrd Traxler, Jr.

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William Traxler
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Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
July 8, 2009
Preceded by Karen Williams
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
October 1, 1998
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Donald Russell
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
March 2, 1992 – October 1, 1998
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Clyde Hamilton
Succeeded by Margaret Seymour
Personal details
Born May 1948 (age 73–74)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Davidson College
University of South Carolina, Columbia

William Byrd Traxler, Jr. (born May 1948) is an American jurist who currently serves as the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Early life and education

Traxler was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1970 and his JD from the University of South Carolina in 1973.

Professional career

WB Traxler Jr. worked in the office of U.S. Army Reserve Adjutant General, 1970-1978. He practiced private law in Greenville, South Carolina from 1973 until 1974 before working as a criminal prosecutor in the Office of the Solicitor for South Carolina's 13th Judicial Circuit from 1975 to 1981. From 1981 until 1985, he served as Solicitor for the 13th Judicial Circuit, where he was the circuit's chief criminal prosecutor. In 1985, Traxler was elected by the General Assembly of South Carolina to be a state circuit court judge, where he served until becoming a federal judge in 1992.[1]

Federal judicial service

Traxler was nominated to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina vacated by Clyde H. Hamilton. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 1992, and received his commission on March 2, 1992.[1]

On July 10, 1998, President Bill Clinton nominated Traxler to the Fourth Circuit to replace Judge Donald Stuart Russell, who had died on February 22, 1998. The Senate confirmed Traxler on voice vote on September 28, 1998.[1]

On the retirement of Chief Judge Karen Williams in July 2009, Traxler became the Chief Judge of the circuit. While continuing to serve as Chief Judge, Traxler joined the Charleston School of Law as a distinguished visiting professor of law in 2009.[2]

In February 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts named Traxler the chair of the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Clyde Hamilton
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
1992–1998
Succeeded by
Margaret Seymour
Preceded by
Donald Russell
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1998–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Karen Williams
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
2009–present