Born: May 10, 1918
Washington, D.C.

Died: September 20, 2007
Washington, D.C.

Thomas Aquinas Flannery

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

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Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of Ceremony: June 13, 1986

Artist
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.

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Professional Career:

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

Judges of the D.C. Circuit Courts