William Duane Benton

Personal

Birthday: 
1950
Birthplace: 
Springfield, MO
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve captain, 1972-2002
Campaign manager, Wendell Bailey for Congress, 1980
Administrative assistant, U.S. Rep. Wendell Bailey, Missouri, 1981-1982
Private practice, Jefferson City, Missouri, 1983-1989
Director of revenue, Missouri Department of Revenue, 1989-1991
Adjunct professor, Westminster College, 1998-2004
Adjunct professor, University of Missouri School of Law, 1998-2004
Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri, 1991-2004; chief justice, 1997-1999

Education

Name of School: 
Northwestern University
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1972
Name of School - Second: 

Yale University Law School

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School, is one of the world's premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. Small by design, our impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through 17 centers and projects.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1975
Name of School - Third: 
Memphis State University (now University of Memphis)
Degree - Third: 
M.B.A.
Degree Year - Third: 
1979
Name of School - Fourth: 

University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. Intellectual challenges are met in a spirit of cooperation. Small first-year sections promote individual inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students learn together, reading each other's work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the nation's oldest student-run Honor System to maintain the highest ethical standards.

Degree - Fourth: 
LL.M.
Degree Year - Fourth: 
1994

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Court Name: 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
George W. Bush
Party Affiliation of President: 
Republican
Commission Date: 
7/2/2004
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