United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (in case citations, E.D. Wash.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties of the state of Washington: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington|
|Location||Thomas S. Foley Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Ninth Circuit|
|Established||March 2, 1905|
|Chief Judge||Stanley Bastian|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Joseph H. Harrington (acting)|
|U.S. Marshal||Craig Thayer|
As of the 2000 census, 1.3 million people resided in the Eastern District, representing 22% of the state's population. The district includes the cities of Richland, Spokane, and Yakima, among others. The Federal Court in Yakima is located in the William O. Douglas Federal Building.
Cases from the Eastern District of Washington are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit.
As of March 1, 2021[update] Acting United States Attorney is Joseph H. Harrington.
As of September 2, 2021[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|22||Chief Judge||Stanley Bastian||Yakima||1958||2014–present||2020–present||—||Obama|
|20||District Judge||Rosanna M. Peterson||Spokane||1951||2010–present||2011–2016||—||Obama|
|21||District Judge||Thomas O. Rice||Spokane||1960||2012–present||2016–2020||—||Obama|
|23||District Judge||Salvador Mendoza Jr.||Richland||1971||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|13||Senior Judge||Justin Lowe Quackenbush||Spokane||1929||1980–1995||1989–1995||1995–present||Carter|
|15||Senior Judge||William Fremming Nielsen||Spokane||1934||1991–2003||1995–2000||2003–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|17||Senior Judge||Robert H. Whaley||Spokane||1943||1995–2009||2005–2009||2009–present||Clinton|
|18||Senior Judge||Edward F. Shea||Richland||1942||1998–2012||—||2012–present||Clinton|
|19||Senior Judge||Lonny R. Suko||Yakima||1943||2003–2013||2009–2011||2013–present||G.W. Bush|
Vacancy and pending nominationEdit
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|6||Spokane||Rosanna M. Peterson||Senior status||October 1, 2021||Mary K. Dimke||August 5, 2021|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Edward Whitson||WA||1852–1910||1905–1910||—||—||T. Roosevelt||death|
|2||Frank H. Rudkin||WA||1864–1931||1911–1923||—||—||Taft||elevation to 9th Cir.|
|3||J. Stanley Webster||WA||1877–1962||1923–1939[Note 1]||—||1939–1962||Harding[Note 2]||death|
|4||Lloyd Llewellyn Black||WA||1889–1950||1940–1950[Note 3]||—||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|5||Lewis B. Schwellenbach||WA||1894–1948||1940–1945||—||—||F. Roosevelt||resignation|
|6||Samuel Marion Driver||WA||1892–1958||1946–1958||1948–1958||—||Truman||death|
|7||William James Lindberg||WA||1904–1981||1951–1961||—||—||Truman||seat abolished|
|8||Charles Lawrence Powell||WA||1902–1975||1959–1972||1959–1972||1972–1975||Eisenhower||death|
|9||William Nelson Goodwin||WA||1909–1975||1966–1975||1972–1973||—||L. Johnson||death|
|10||Marshall Allen Neill||WA||1914–1979||1972–1979||1973–1979||—||Nixon||death|
|11||Jack Edward Tanner||WA||1919–2006||1978||—||—||Carter||seat abolished|
|12||Robert James McNichols||WA||1922–1992||1979–1991||1980–1989||1991–1992||Carter||death|
|14||Alan Angus McDonald||WA||1927–2007||1985–1996||—||1996–2007||Reagan||death|
|16||Frederick L. Van Sickle||WA||1943–2021||1991–2008||2000–2005||2008–2021||G.H.W. Bush||death|
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 15, 1923, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 16, 1924, and received commission the same day.
- Initially appointed via recess appointment by Harding; formally nominated by and received commission from Coolidge
- Black was initially appointed to the Western District of Washington in 1939; he was reassigned by operation of law to serve in both districts
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seatsEdit