Kenneth Francis Ripple

Judge, Politician

1943 –


Who is Kenneth Francis Ripple?

Kenneth Francis Ripple is a Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He received an A.B. degree from Fordham University in 1965, his law degree from University of Virginia School of Law in 1968, and an advanced legal degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1972.

Judge Ripple began his career as an officer in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1972, he became Legal Officer for the United States Supreme Court and, one year later, became Special Assistant to the Chief Justice. In 1977, Judge Ripple entered private practice where he spent eight years before joining the law faculty at the University of Notre Dame.

Judge Ripple was nominated by Ronald Reagan on April 1, 1985 to a new seat on the Seventh Circuit. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 3, 1985.

Judge Ripple has authored numerous books and articles on constitutional litigation, judicial decision-making and a wide variety of other legal topics. A member of the Virginia, New York, Indiana and District of Columbia Bars, Judge Ripple has the distinction of serving on the American delegation to the 1980 Anglo-American Judicial Exchange.

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May 19, 1943
Also known as
  • Judge Kenneth Francis Ripple
  • United States of America
  • George Washington University
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Fordham University
  • University of Virginia School of Law

on July 23, 2013


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