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Stetson Law professor confirmed as federal judge


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Gulfport, Fla. - The U.S. Senate and President George W. Bush confirmed the appointment of Stetson University College of Law Professor Robert N. Davis to a 15-year term as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Davis will be one of seven judges. The nomination was formally confirmed Nov. 20. President Bush nominated Davis March 25, 2003. The nomination went through the Senate Committee Hearing process and the Veterans Affairs Committee April 1, 2004.

“This judicial appointment is without a doubt an honor for me,” Davis said. “I am excited about the opportunity to decide cases that have a major impact on a significant population of veterans who have proudly served our nation. I am also pleased that this confirmation occurred during my tenure as a faculty member at Stetson. While I am looking forward to the challenges of the judiciary, I am disappointed that I will be leaving my full-time teaching duties at this very fine law school.”

A local swearing in ceremony is planned for early February.

Professor Davis joined Stetson Law in 2001. He teaches and frequently provides legal analysis to news media on national security, terrorism and constitutional issues. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves Joint Intelligence Directorate at MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa. With extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, he is a mediator with the U.S. Postal Service and has been an arbitration panel member with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

He practiced as a government attorney for 10 years with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. Professor Davis also briefly served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Professor Davis previously taught at many law schools and summer programs and spent 13 years on the law faculty at the University of Mississippi. He is the founder of the Journal of National Security Law. Professor Davis graduated from the University of Hartford and the Georgetown University Law Center.