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Gathering Focuses on Ninth Circuit Transformation

February 1, 2018 / Ninth Circuit Public Information Office

Judges, legal historians and members of the bar are expected to gather in Pasadena, California, later this month to recall the 40th anniversary of enactment of the Omnibus Judgeship Act of 1978. The law authorized 10 new judgeships for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, nearly doubling the size of the Ninth Circuit bench. All of the new judgeships were first filled by President Jimmy Carter, giving the nation’s 39th president a lasting legacy on the court.

Entitled “A Court Transformed: The Ninth Circuit, the 1978 Judgeship Act, and the Carter Judges,” the special program will be held February 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Courtroom 3 of the Richard H. Chambers Court of Appeals Building, 125 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. Admission is free. Attendees should RSVP by February 14, 2018, via email to Professor Arthur D. Hellman, hellman@frontier.net.

Four of the men and women President Carter chose to fill the new judgeships continue to sit on the court and three will participate in the program: Chief Judge Emeritus Mary M. Schroeder of Phoenix, Arizona; Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of Pasadena; and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of Los Angeles. Another Carter appointee, Judge William C. Canby of Phoenix, who filled a vacant existing judgeship on the court, also will participate.

The Carter appointees will be joined in the discussion by Ninth Circuit colleagues Chief Judge Emeritus J. Clifford Wallace and Judges A. Wallace Tashima, Kim McLane Wardlaw and Milan D. Smith, Jr. Also participating will be Clerk of Court Molly D. Dwyer and Professor Henry Weinstein, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who now teaches at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

The moderators will be Professor Hellman, a nationally recognized legal scholar, author and media commentator who holds an endowed chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Professor Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., of Duke University School of Law. For more information see the full program outline.

The event is sponsored by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Political Science Department at Loyola Marymount University.

Lawyers attending the program will qualify for 6 hours of California MCLE credit and 6 hours of California Legal Specialization in Appellate law. They are asked to indicate if they are attending for CLE credit when they RSVP.

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