Judge Frank Q. Nebeker was appointed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1969
by President Nixon. He assumed Senior Judge status in 1987.
Judge Nebeker was born and reared in Utah. He holds an Associate Degree in history from
Weber College, a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Utah, and a law
degree from American University Law School.
Judge Nebeker’s career has always involved public service. During law school, he worked
as a correspondence secretary in the Executive Office of the President at the White House. He
entered the Department of Justice, Internal Security Division, Espionage and Sabotage Unit after law
school. From 1958 to 1969, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of
Columbia, serving as the Chief of the Appellate Division from 1962 until his appointment to the
Court of Appeals bench in 1969.
After retiring as an Associate Judge, Judge Nebeker served from 1987 to 1989 as Director
of the United States Office of Government Ethics, where he was responsible for developing rules
of conduct for the members of the Executive Branch. Judge Nebeker’ s tenure as Director ended in
1989, when he was appointed as the first Chief Judge to the new United States Court of Veterans
Appeals (now the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims), a position he held until his
retirement from the Court in November 2000. Judge Nebeker then returned to his current position
on the Court of Appeals.
Judge Nebeker has been active for many years in the planning and presentation of education
programs for law students, attorneys, and appellate judges throughout the country. He served as an
Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer at several District law schools.