Born: February 21, 1919
Birmingham, Alabama

Died: February 21, 2013
McLean, Virginia

Louis Falk Oberdorfer

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Nominated by Jimmy Carter on September 16, 1977; Confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 1977, and received commission on October 11, 1977. Assumed senior status on 7/31/1992.

Education:
Dartmouth College, A.B., 1939
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1946

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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:

U.S. Army, 1941-1946
Law clerk, Justice Hugo Black, Supreme Court of the United States, 1946-1947
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1947-1961
Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1961-1965
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1965-1977

Judges of the D.C. Circuit Courts