Roy Laverne Stephenson

Personal

Birthday: 
3/14/1917
Birthplace: 
Spirit Lake, IA
Date of Death: 
11/5/1982
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Army Reserve second lieutenant, 1938-1941
Private practice, Mapleton, Iowa, 1940-1941
U.S. Army captain, 1941-1946
Private practice, Des Moines, Iowa, 1946-1953
U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, 1953-1960

Education

Name of School: 
University of Iowa
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1938
Name of School - Second: 

University of Iowa College of Law

The highly competitive practice of law has a way of shaping a person. If you let it, it can and it will make you into a thing;...That thing the practice of law would make of you is ultimately what becomes of the once passionate, once idealistic, once hopeful, would-be world changer, who has become eroded by the routine, battering current of the practice, and who has failed to cultivate the ground cover that resists erosion of soul." For those of us in the world of work, whether as lawyers or not, tending to that initial force that drew us toward the study of law should be part of our thoughts and periodic reflections.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1940

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Court Name: 

Iowa Southern District Court

President Nominating: 
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
5/31/1960
Termination Date: 
7/6/1971
Termination Reason: 
Appointment to Another Judicial Position
Court Name - Second: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Court Name - Second: 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Commission Date - Second: 
6/22/1971
Retirement from Active Service - Second: 
4/1/1982
Termination Date - Second: 
11/5/1982
Termination Reason - Second: 
Death
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