Oral History of Carolyn Dineen King

Carolyn Dineen King is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following her graduation from Smith College and Yale Law School, Judge King practiced law in Houston, principally with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright), focusing primarily on corporate and federal securities matters. In 1979, she was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Fifth Circuit. Judge King was the Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit from January 1999 through January 2006. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge King to be a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which governs the federal court system, in 2000 and to chair that Committee from 2002 through 2005. Judge King was the principal impetus for a rigorous cost containment system first implemented by the federal courts in 2005.

Judge King is a member of the Board of Directors of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. She has also served since 2007 as a member of the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine and currently serves as its Vice Chair. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of St. Thomas for ten years and chaired that Board from 1994-1998. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast from 1979 to 1985, serving a member of the Executive Committee and as Treasurer.

Judge King is married to fellow Circuit Judge Thomas M. Reavley. She has three sons and two granddaughters.

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