David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, talked with Judge Andrew Oldman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit about his career, rise to the bench, and judicial philosophy during Judge Oldham’s time as “Distinguished Judge in Residence” at Duke Law School.
Before ascending to the bench, Judge Oldham served as General Counsel to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and as Deputy Solicitor General for the State of Texas. He also worked in private practice at a Washington, D.C. law firm and as an attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Judge Oldham earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia with highest honors, a Truman Scholarship for graduate school, an M. Phil., first-class (with distinction) from Cambridge University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, Judge Oldham served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito at the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.