Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nominated by Richard M. Nixon on November 18, 1971; Confirmed by the Senate on December 1, 1971, and received commission on December 6, 1971. Assumed senior status on 5/10/1985. Service terminated on 9/20/2007, due to death.
Catholic University of America School of Law, LL.B., 1940
Judge Thomas A. Flannery Biography - February 12, 1992
Judge Flannery was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Columbia on December 6, 1971, and entered on duty December 20, 1971. He graduated from the Columbus Law School (Catholic University) LL.B., 1940. He took senior judge status on May 10, 1985.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a combat intelligence officer (European Theatre of Operations) 1942-1945; private practice of law and Department of Justice 1945-1950; Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, 1950-1962; partner, law firm of Hamilton, District of Columbia, 1962-1969; U.S. Attorney for District of Columbia, 1969-1971.
Judge Flannery is married to the former Rita Sullivan and has two children: Thomas A. Flannery, Jr., and Irene Marie Flannery. He is a member of the American Bar Association and a Judicial Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He has served on the Judicial Conference Committee on Administration of the Probation System, 1973-1979; Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrates System, 1982-1987; Federal Judicial Center’s Committee to Study Criminal Jury Instructions, 1982-1987; Chairman, Judicial Conference Committee on Intercircuit Assignments, 1984-1990.
Donald Stivers (1926 – 2009) painted the portraits of eight judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: Judges William Bryant, Thomas Flannery, Oliver Gasch, Joyce Green, Harold Greene, George Hart, Louis Oberdorfer, and Barrington Parker. In the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Stivers began to paint portraits of friends. He later studied fine art at the California College of Arts & Crafts on the GI Bill, where he continued his work in portraiture. He began his career in commercial art in California, specializing in book, movie, and magazine illustration. Upon moving to the East Coast, Mr. Stivers began work on a series of paintings depicting American westward expansion and is best known for his military artwork, including paintings depicting the Civil War. His work is followed by collectors and can be found on display at Forts Belvoir, Benning, Drum, Hood, Leavenworth, Riley, Sill, and Wainwright. His work has also been on display at the Army War College and in the Pentagon.
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1940-1942
U.S. Army Air Corps, 1942-1945
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1945-1948
Trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1948-1950
Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, 1950-1962
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1962-1969
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1969-1971