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Judge William B. Traxler Jr., J.D.
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitSenior Lecturing Fellow

Judge William B. Traxler Jr., J.D.

Bio

Bill Traxler is a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Traxler is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law in Greenville, South Carolina, with his father until 1975 when he became an assistant state prosecutor under then-Solicitor Billy Wilkins. He was promoted to deputy prosecutor in 1978, and in 1981 he was appointed as the Solicitor for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. He was elected a resident state trial judge for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1985 by the General Assembly of South Carolina and was re-elected in 1986.

In 1991, Traxler was installed as a United States District Court Judge for South Carolina. In 1998, he was elevated to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In 2009, he became the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2010 the Chief Justice named him to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and in 2013 the Chief Justice appointed him Chair of the Executive Committee. He served as both the Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States until 2016 when his terms expired.

In his career, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Federal Judges Association and the Federal Judicial Center. He recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Trustees for Furman University. He has honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of South Carolina Law School and the Charleston Law School.