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Albany federal judge will attain senior status


Judge W. Louis  Sands is soon to become a senior judge in the federal court system. His seat on the federal bench will become vacant next April, according to the future vacancies list on the U. S. courts website.

Nominated by Senator Sam Nunn, and appointed by president Bill Clinton in May of 1994, Sands has sat on the federal bench for 19 years.

His federal service began as an assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia from 1978 to 1987.

 He practiced law for four years thereafter, and then served as a Superior Court judge in the Macon Judicial District for two years.

Sands earned his bachelor's degree from Mercer University in 1971, and his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law in 1974. 

 Sands served in the U.S. Army Reserve Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1974 and in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years.

As a senior judge, Sands will hear federal cases on an as-needed basis.


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