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Justin Lowe Quackenbush, American Federal judge. Bar: Washington 1957. Chairman Spokane County Planning Commission, 1969-1973. Served with United States Navy, 1951-1954. Member Washington Bar Association, Spokane County Bar Association (trustee 1976-1978), International Footprint Association (national president 1967), Spokane Chamber of Commerce (trustee, Executive Committee 1978-1979), Shriners.

Background

Quackenbush, Justin Lowe was born on October 3, 1929 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Carl Clifford and Marian Huldah (Lowe) Quackenbush.

Education

Bachelor, University Idaho, 1951. Bachelor of Laws, Gonzaga University School Law, Spokane, 1957.

Career

Quackenbush received a B.A. from the University of Idaho in 1951. He received an LL.B. from Gonzaga University School of Law, his father's alma mater, in 1957. He was in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1954.

He was a deputy prosecuting attorney in Spokane County, Washington from 1957 to 1959. He was in private practice in Spokane from 1959 until his judicial nomination. He was active in Democratic Party politics, regularly serving as the campaign manager for Tom Foley's successful Congressional election campaigns starting in 1964 for over a decade.

Quackenbush also taught at Gonzaga University School of Law from 1961 to 1967, and was an active Mason. On May 9, 1980, President Jimmy Carter nominated Quackenbush to the seat vacated by Marshall A. Neill. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 18, 1980, and received his commission the same day.

Because Neill was the only judge in the district, and had died in October 1979, Quackenbush and fellow appointee Robert J. McNichols immediately faced a tremendous backlog of cases. He served as chief judge from 1989 to June 27, 1995, when he assumed senior status. The annual Quackenbush Lecture Series at Gonzaga University School of Law is named in his honor.

Membership

Chairman Spokane County Planning Commission, 1969-1973. Served with United States Navy, 1951-1954. Member Washington Bar Association, Spokane County Bar Association (trustee 1976-1978), International Footprint Association (national president 1967), Spokane Chamber of Commerce (trustee, Executive Committee 1978-1979), Shriners.

Connections

Married Marie McAtee. Children: Karl Justin, Kathleen Marie, Robert Craig.