Judge Roger Foley Essay And Poster Contest

Roger Thomas Foley (May 25, 1886 – October 9, 1974) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1910 and was in private practice in Goldfield, Nevada from 1911 to 1925, and in Los Angeles, California from 1925 to 1928. He was a district attorney for Goldfield from 1916 to 1924. He was a justice of the peace and municipal judge in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1929 to 1931. He was a deputy district attorney of Las Vegas from 1932 to 1934, then district attorney of Las Vegas from 1935 to 1938. He was a Nevada state district judge for Clark and Lincoln Counties from 1939 to 1941, returning to private practice Las Vegas from 1941 to 1945.

On March 30, 1945, Foley was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada vacated by Frank H. Norcross. Foley was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 10, 1945, and received his commission on May 2, 1945. He served as chief judge from 1954 to 1957, assuming senior status on April 1, 1957, and serving thereafter until his death. His son, Roger D. Foley, also served as a federal judge on the same court.[1] The Foley Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Las Vegas is named for the family, as a whole.[1]

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Roger D. Foley (April 28, 1917 – January 7, 1996) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Goldfield, Nevada, Foley was the son of District Court judge Roger Thomas Foley.[1] He received an LL.B. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and was a deputy district attorney of Clark County, Nevada from 1948 to 1951, then district attorney of that county until 1955. He was in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1956 to 1958, and was the Attorney General of Nevada from 1959 to 1962.

On June 12, 1962, Foley was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada created by 75 Stat. 80. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1962, and received his commission on July 2, 1962. He served as chief judge from 1963 to 1980, assuming senior status on October 29, 1982, and serving in that capacity until his death, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996. The Foley Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Las Vegas is named for the family, as a whole.[1]

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