James Lopez Watson

Personal

Birthday: 
5/21/1922
Birthplace: 
New York, NY
Date of Death: 
9/1/2001
Place of Death: 
New York, NY
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Army, 1943-1945
Private practice, 1951-1953
State senator, New York, 1954-1963
Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, 1963-1966

Nominated to U.S. Customs Court, October 6, 1965; no Senate vote

Education

Name of School: 
New York University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1947
Name of School - Second: 

Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School (BLS) is a law school founded in 1901. It is located in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, in the United States, and has approximately 1,100 students.

The Dean of the law school is Nicholas W. Allard, who assumed the role in 2012, as well as the role of president in 2014. Brooklyn Law School’s faculty includes 64 full-time professors, 6 emeriti faculty, and a number of adjunct faculty, many of whom are preeminent legal scholars.

In 2013, 94% of the law school's first-time test takers passed the bar exam, placing the law school third-best among New York's 15 law schools. Of 382 graduates in 2014, nine months after graduation 38 were unemployed, and 7 were of unknown employment status. Alumni have relocated to 49 states and over 25 countries after graduation.

Degree - Second: 
LL.B.
Degree Year - Second: 
1951

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Customs Court
President Nominating: 
Lyndon B. Johnson
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
3/7/1966
Termination Date: 
11/1/1980
Termination Reason: 
Reassignment
Court Name - Second: 
U. S. Court of International Trade
Court Name - Second: 

United States Court of International Trade

Commission Date - Second: 
11/1/1980
Retirement from Active Service - Second: 
2/28/1991
Termination Date - Second: 
9/1/2001
Termination Reason - Second: 
Death
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