The Ninth Circuit Library


The Library primarily serves over 400 judges and 5,000 court staff in the Ninth Circuit. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have branches throughout the nine most western states. In addition to serving the federal courts, we provide limited service to other federal agencies, state and local courts, members of the bar, and the public.

From the Archives: First All-Woman Appellate Panel of Judges

First All Women Court of Appeals PanelOn March 11, 1981 in San Francisco, Ninth Circuit Judges Betty Binns Fletcher (middle) and Dorothy Wright Nelson (left) with Judge Judith Nelsen Keep of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (right), sitting by designation, convened what is believed to be the first all-woman panel of judges ever to sit in any U.S. Court of Appeals.  Read Judge Fletcher's remarks about this historic event.

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