CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1998
U.S. District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter was appointed chief judge of the federal court's Central District this week, the first African American to lead the country's largest judicial district. Hatter, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter, automatically became chief judge when his predecessor, Judge William Matthew Byrne, stepped down after four years in the position.
January 29, 1998 |
In its first order of business of the new year, the Senate confirmed three federal judges, easing the confrontation between the administration and Congress over a backlog in handling nominations. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said: "I would note that this body has undertaken its constitutional obligation in a wholly appropriate fashion." In a vote of 67 to 30, Ann L. Aiken was confirmed for a U.S. District Court seat in Oregon.
January 3, 1998 |
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reacting to criticism from the chief justice of the United States, said Friday that President Clinton should bear much of the blame for the backlog of vacant federal judgeships. "The Senate cannot confirm judges that the president does not nominate, nor can the Congress implement litigation reform the president opposes," said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah). In his year-end report on the federal judiciary, Chief Justice William H.
November 8, 1997 |
The U.S. Senate confirmed Friday, by a 93-6 vote, the nomination of Los Angeles attorney Christina A. Snyder to be a U.S. District Court judge. Snyder, a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School, was nominated by President Clinton in May 1996. An active Democrat, she was one of several judicial candidates whose bids have been stalled because of objections by conservatives. Snyder waited 14 months for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1997 |
If ever there was an unlikely candidate to be the target of a militant campaign against "judicial activism," it would be Los Angeles lawyer Margaret Mary Morrow. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Morrow, 47, was the first female president of the California Bar Assn., where she worked to strengthen the state's attorney discipline system.
July 17, 1997 |
Blame it on a Senate Republican stall, a weak White House or the natural byproduct of divided government, but the result is that 102 federal judgeships--one in eight--are now vacant. In California alone, 10 of the 51 federal trial judgeships are open, as are nine of the 28 positions on the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over several Western states.
May 15, 1997 |
The two parties may have reached a temporary budget truce, but the inherent tensions between a Republican Congress and Democratic president are spilling over into a power struggle focusing on the government's third branch--the federal judiciary. Mobilized by a determination to stamp out what they call "judicial activism," Senate Republicans last month vowed to keep anyone who fits under that hazy and controversial rubric from getting on the federal bench.
May 15, 1997 |
High-flying San Francisco attorney Charles Breyer, a savvy trial lawyer and advocate of juvenile justice reform whose brother is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, has been recommended for the federal bench. Breyer's 30-year legal career has spanned criminal and civil courts. He prosecuted a Watergate-related trial, and more recently defended a tobacco company. His client list sparkles with celebrity names--but he also has worked to develop programs for low-income youths.
April 17, 1997 |
Investor attorneys are increasingly using state courts to bring fraud lawsuits against companies in an apparent attempt to circumvent a new federal law, a Securities and Exchange Commission study found. The law, passed by Congress in December 1995 over President Clinton's veto, seeks to curb frivolous class-action complaints by investors in federal court.
March 14, 1997 |
Citing California's rapidly growing population of Latin American Indians, advocates for immigrant rights called on court administrators statewide Thursday to recognize the pressing need for interpreters in the pre-Columbian languages of Mexico and Guatemala.