Michael F. Urbanski

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Michael Francis Urbanski
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Assumed office
July 3, 2017
Preceded byGlen E. Conrad
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Assumed office
May 13, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byNorman K. Moon
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
In office
2004 – May 13, 2011
Personal details
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Livorno, Italy
EducationCollege of William & Mary (A.B.)
University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)

Michael Francis Urbanski (born 1956) is the Chief United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and a former United States Magistrate Judge of the same court.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Livorno, Italy, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Army, Urbanski attended Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia. Urbanski earned an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1978 from The College of William & Mary and a Juris Doctor in 1981 from the University of Virginia School of Law.[1] From 1981 until 1982, Urbanski served as a law clerk to Judge James Clinton Turk of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

From 1982 until 1984, Urbanski served as an associate in Washington, D.C. for the law firm Vinson & Elkins.[1] From 1984 until 2004, he was in private legal practice with the law firm Woods Rogers in Roanoke, Virginia, serving first as an associate from 1984 until 1988, and then as a principal from 1989 until 2004.[1][2]

Work as a magistrate judge[edit]

In 2004, Urbanski was selected by the judges on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to be a United States Magistrate Judge.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On December 1, 2010, President Obama nominated Urbanski to a vacant seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia that had been created by the decision by Judge Norman K. Moon to take senior status in July 2010.[3] The Senate Judiciary Committee reported Urbanski's nomination to the full Senate on March 10, 2011.[4] The full Senate confirmed him in a 94–0 vote on May 12, 2011.[5] He received his judicial commission on May 13, 2011.[2] He became Chief Judge on July 3, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (December 1, 2010). "President Obama Names Seven to United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Urbanski, Michael Francis – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (December 1, 2010). "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  4. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/Materials112thCongress.cfm
  5. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongress.cfm

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Norman K. Moon
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Glen E. Conrad
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
2017–present