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Paul Gerhart Hatfield

Biography of Paul Gerhart Hatfield

Biographic Details

  • Family Name (Surname): Hatfield
  • First Name: Paul
  • Middle Name: Gerhart
  • Date of Birth: April , 29 , 1928
  • Place of Birth (POB): Great Falls , Montana (US-MT, MT, 30, Mont.)
  • Date of Death: July , 3 , 2000
  • Place of Death (POD): Great Falls , Montana (US-MT, MT, 30, Mont.)
  • Gender Identity: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: White

Paul Gerhart Hatfield Court Service Information

  • Court Name: United States District Court, District of Montana
  • Court Type: United States District Court
  • Appointment under the Presidency of: Jimmy Carter ( Democratic )
  • Judge Nomination vote date (as recorded in the Senate Executive Journal): 03/15/1979
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Ratings of judicial nominees (majority rating): Qualified
  • Seat vacated by: Smith , Russell E.
  • Referral of Nominations to Judiciary Committee Date: 03/15/1979
  • Committee action: Reported With Recommendation
  • Committee action date: 05/08/1979
  • Senate voice vote?: Yes
  • Senate vote Date (Confirmation Date): 05/09/1979
  • Commission Date: 05/10/1979
  • Date of Service as Chief Judge (begin): 1990
  • Termination of Service as Chief Judge (Date): 1996
  • Retirement from Active Service: 02/09/1996
  • Date of Termination: 07/03/2000
  • Termination of function of Judge (specific reason): Death

Paul Gerhart Hatfield in the Law School

  • Name of School: University of Montana School of Law
  • Degree: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1955

Paul Gerhart Hatfield Career Path


  • U.S. Army, Signal Corps, 181st Signal Depot Company, 1952-1953
  • Private practice, Great Falls, Montana, 1955-1960
  • Chief deputy city attorney, Great Falls, Montana, 1959-1960
  • Judge, Montana District Court, Eighth Judicial District, 1961-1976
  • Chief justice, Montana Supreme Court, 1977-1978
  • U.S. senator from Montana, 1978


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