President Jimmy Carter
appointed Judge Edward
C. Reed, Jr. to the United
States District Court in
October 1979. Judge Reed
became Acting Chief Judge in 1983 and
Chief Judge in 1986. He assumed his current
status as Senior District Judge in
After graduating from Reno High School
in 1942, Judge Reed enlisted in the United
States Army. During World War II, he
served as a Staff Sergeant in the E.T.O.
and the South Pacific; he was a prisoner
of war in Germany in 1945. Judge Reed
received his college education at the
University of Nevada and received his
J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in
Judge Reed worked as an attorney
with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston
before returning to Reno to join the law
firm which later became Reed & Bowen.
He served as a Special Deputy Attorney
General of Nevada for water rights litigation
from 1967 to 1979. Prior to becoming
a member of the judiciary, Judge Reed
served as a member of the Washoe County
School Board (1956-1972). In Sparks, Nevada,
Reed High School is named for him.
Judge Reed is a member of Phi Kappa Phi,
American Legion, State Bar of Nevada,
the American Bar Association, and the
American Judicature Society.