Franklin D. Burgess

Personal

Birthday: 
3/9/1935
Birthplace: 
Eudora, AR
Date of Death: 
3/26/2010
Place of Death: 
University Place, WA
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Air Force airman, 1954-1958
Legal intern, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1966-1967
Assistant city attorney, Tacoma, Washington, 1967-1969
Private practice, Tacoma, Washington, 1969-1980
Judge pro tem, Tacoma [Washington] Municipal Court, 1971-1980
Judge pro tem, District Court of the State of Washington, Pierce County, 1971-1980
Regional counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Seattle, Washington, 1980-1981

Education

Name of School: 
Gonzaga University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1961
Name of School - Second: 

Gonzaga University School of Law

Gonzaga law is a private, Jesuit-affiliated school of law in Spokane, Washington that offers an experience-based academic program that produces graduates who are pursuing justice and finding solutions to legal challenges today and in the future. Gonzaga Law teaches ethical, inspired action on behalf of a client or cause in legal, economic, and social contexts. We focus on academics and scholarship where both students and faculty can make a difference in and out of academia. From granting the first-ever Gonzaga degree to a woman in 1935, to opening one of the country's first legal clinics in 1974, to a decades-long focus on legal research and writing, to a new experience-based curriculum in 2009, to launching the Pacific Northwest's first Accelerated J.D. program in 2013, and 15 month J.D. for Internationally Educated Lawyers in 2014, Gonzaga Law offers an innovative choice of law school.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1966

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Court Name: 

Washington Western District Court

President Nominating: 
William J. Clinton
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
3/28/1994
Retirement from Active Service: 
3/9/2005
Termination Date: 
3/26/2010
Termination Reason: 
Death
Bankruptcy and Magistrate Services: 

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1981-1993

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