U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd Jr.
Upbringing: Grew up in Massillon, after his father and a close friend started a law practice there.
Family: Married to wife Joyce for 60 years. Four children, seven grandchildren.
Education: College of Wooster, B.A., 1951. University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1954.
Federal judicial service: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Nominated to seat by Ronald Reagan, Aug. 24, 1982. Confirmed by U.S. Senate, Sept. 22, 1982. Assumed senior judge status, June 30, 1996.
Professional career: Private law practice, Massillon, 1954-55. U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Jan. 1955 to Dec. 1957. Private practice, Massillon, 1957-75. Judge, Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals, 1975-80. Ohio Supreme Court Justice, 1980-81. Private practice, Canton, 1981-82. Board member, Federal Judicial Center (education, research agency of U.S. federal courts), 1988-92. Member, Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, 1994-2001. Liaison, Criminal Rules Committee and Evidence Rules Committee, 1996-2001. U.S. Alien Terrorist Removal Court (special court, five-judge panel chosen by U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, to determine whether illegal immigrants should be deported on grounds that they are terrorists), 1996-2014.