James Martin Fitzgerald

Personal

Birthday: 
10/7/1920
Birthplace: 
Portland, OR
Date of Death: 
4/3/2011
Place of Death: 
Santa Rosa, CA
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Army private, 1940-1941
U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, 1942-1946
Assistant U.S. attorney, District of Alaska Territory, 1952-1956
City attorney, Anchorage, Alaska, 1956-1959
Legal counsel, Gov. William A. Egan, Alaska, 1959
Commissioner of public safety, State of Alaska, 1959
Judge, Alaska Superior Court, Third Judicial District, 1959-1972; presiding judge, 1969-1972
Justice, Alaska Supreme Court, 1972-1975

Education

Name of School: 
Willamette University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1950
Name of School - Second: 

Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University is an independent, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1842, which educates men and women in the liberal arts and in selected professional fields. The University's mission now extends far beyond from the Oregon Territory and the Pacific Northwest to encompass the larger world beyond. In its pursuits, Willamette University: cherishes the dignity and worth of all individuals, and strives to reflect the diversity of our world; encourages close relationships among faculty, students, and staff to enhance learning and foster community; provides a lively and challenging education in a small university setting where teaching and learning are strengthened by ongoing scholarship and research; embraces a commitment to service and leadership in our various communities and professions; honors its historic roots in The United Methodist Church and values the ethical and spiritual dimension of education; believes that education is a lifelong process of discovery, delight, and growth, the hallmark of a humane life.

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

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, District of Alaska
Court Name: 

Alaska District Court

President Nominating: 
Gerald Ford
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
12/20/1974
Retirement from Active Service: 
1/1/1989
Termination Date: 
4/3/2011
Termination Reason: 
Death
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