Justin Quackenbush played football, basketball, baseball, and golf during his high school days at North Central. After graduating tenth in his class of 400, he attended the University of Illinois and the University of Idaho, earning a B.A. degree in 1951.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War (1951-54). While serving as Operations Officer on a destroyer, he was awarded three battle stars.
In 1957 Mr. Quackenbush graduated Gonzaga Law Schoolcum laude. Justin served as a Spokane Country Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for two years. He then became a law school instructor at Gonzaga University and became a senior partner in the law firm of Quackenbush, Dean, Bailey and Henderson.
In 1980 Justin Quackenbush was nominated as a United States District Judge by President Jimmy Carter and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 1989 he became the Chief Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington. In 1995 Judge Quackenbush assumed Senior Status as United States District Judge, sitting in various courts throughout the country considering complex civil and criminal matters.
Judge Quackenbush has served on several judicial and civic committees and groups, including the Greater Spokane Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Spokane Bar Association, the Spokane Country Club, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.