Raymond C. Fisher

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Raymond Fisher
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
October 12, 1999 – April 1, 2013
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by David Thompson
Succeeded by Michelle Friedland
United States Associate Attorney General
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Schmidt
Succeeded by Daniel Marcus
Personal details
Born (1939-07-12) July 12, 1939 (age 79)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of California, Santa Barbara
Stanford Law School

Raymond C. Fisher (born July 12, 1939) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[1]

Education and legal training

Fisher attended University High School, earned his B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1961, and his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1966,[2] where he was president of the Stanford Law Review.[3] One of his professors at Stanford was Joseph Tyree Sneed, who would later be one of Fisher's colleagues on the Ninth Circuit.

He clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1966 to 1967.[2] He then clerked for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court William J. Brennan from 1967 to 1968.[2]

Professional career

Fisher was in private practice from 1968 to 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.[2] He also served as a special assistant to California Governor Jerry Brown in 1975.[2] He was a member of the Los Angeles City Civil Service Commission from 1984 to 1989 and was Deputy General Counsel to the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department in 1990.[2] Fisher then served as President of the Los Angeles Police Commission from 1995 to 1997 and Associate Attorney General from 1997 to 1999.[2]

Federal judicial service

Fisher was nominated by Bill Clinton for the seat vacated by David R. Thompson on the Ninth Circuit on March 15, 1999.[4] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 69-29 vote[5] on October 5, 1999 and received his commission on October 12, 1999.[2] He took senior status on April 1, 2013.[6]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Raymond C. Fisher at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. Attorney Raymond C. Fisher of Los Angeles Appointed to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Media Release: United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit (October 18, 1999).
  4. Henry Weinstein, Raymond Fisher Picked for U.S. Appeals Court, Los Angeles Times (March 16, 1999).
  5. David Stout, Senate Rejects Judge Chosen By President For U.S. Court, New York Times (October 6, 1999).
  6. "Judge Fisher to Step Aside in April, Opens Circuit Vacancy | Trial Insider". trialinsider.com. Retrieved 2015-04-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Schmidt
United States Associate Attorney General
Succeeded by
Daniel Marcus
Preceded by
David Thompson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
Michelle Friedland