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James Robert Browning, American federal judge. Bar: Montana 1941, District of Columbia 1953, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1952. Decorated Bronze Star; named to, Order of the Grizzly, University Montana, 1973; recipient Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice award, 1990; scholar in residence, Santa Clara University, 1989, University Montana, 1991.


Browning, James Robert was born on October 1, 1918 in Great Falls, Montana, United States. Son of Nicholas Henry and Minnie Sally (Foley) Browning.


Bachelor, Montana State University, Missoula, 1938. Bachelor of Laws with honors, University Montana, 1941. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Montana, 1978.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Santa Clara University, 1989.


Special attorney antitrust division, Department Justice, 1941-1943;special attorney general litigation section antitrust division, Department Justice, 1946-1948;chief antitrust department N.W. regional office, Department Justice, 1948-1949;assistant chief general litigation section antitrust division, Department Justice (N.W. regional office), 1949-1951;1st assistant civil division, Department Justice (N.W. regional office), 1951-1952;executive assistant to attorney general, United States, 1952-1953;chief, United States (Executive Office for United States Attorneys), 1953;private practice, Washington, 1953-1958;lecturer, New York University School Law, 1953;lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center, 1957-1958;clerk, Supreme Court United States, 1958-1961;judge, United States Court Appeals 9th Circuit, 1961-1976;chief judge, United States Court Appeals 9th Circuit, 1976-1988;judge, United States Court Appeals 9th Circuit, since 1988. Member Judicial Conference of the United States, 1976-1988, Executive Committee of conference, 1978-1987, commission on international conference of appellate judges, 1987-1990, commission on court administration, 1969-1971, chairman subcommittee on judicial statistics, 1969-1971, commission on the budget, 1971-1977, administration office, subom. on budget, 1974-1976, commission to study United States judicial conference, 1986-1988, commission to study the illustrative rules of judicial misconduct, 1985-1987, commission on formulation of standard of conduct of federal judges, 1969, Reed justice commission on continuing education, training and administration, 1967-1968. David T. Lewis Distinguished Judge-in-residence, U. Utah, 1987.

Blankenbaker lecturer U. Montana, 1987, Sibley lecturer U. Georgia, 1987,lecturer Human Rights Institute Santa Clara U. School Law, Strasbourg.


  • Bar: Montana 1941, District of Columbia 1953, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1952.


Director Western Justice Foundation. Chairman 9th Circuit History Society First lieutenant United States Army, 1943-1946. Fellow American Bar Association (judge advising committee to standing commission on Ethics and Professional Responsibility 1973-1975).

Member District of Columbia Bar Association, Montana Bar Association, American Law Institute, Federal Bar Association (board dirs 1945-1961, National council 1958-1962), Institute.Jud. Administration, American Judicature Society (Chairman of Commission on federal judiciary 1973-1974, board directors 1972-1975), Herbert Harley award 1984), American Society Legal History (advisory board journal), National Lawyers Club (Board of Governors 1959-1963).


Married Marie Rose Chapell.

Nicholas Henry Browning

Minnie Sally (Foley) Browning

Marie Rose Chapell.