Richard Clifton

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Richard Clifton
Richard R. Clifton Circuit Judge.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
July 30, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Cynthia Hall
Personal details
Born (1950-11-13) November 13, 1950 (age 68)
Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
Yale University

Richard Randall Clifton (born November 13, 1950) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001 to fill a seat vacated by Cynthia Holcomb Hall, and confirmed by the United States Senate 98-0 on July 30, 2002. He was Bush's first appointment to the Ninth Circuit.

In 2006, he was one of the judges on the panel that upheld the imprisonment of journalist Josh Wolf.[1]

Clifton received a B.A. at Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge Herbert Choy. Following his clerkship, he was in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii until his appointment to the federal bench. He also taught for several years at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii as an adjunct professor. In a letter to President Obama Clifton announced his intention to assume senior status on December 31, 2016.[2]


  1. Josh Wolf v. United States Ninth Circuit
  2. "Ninth Circuit Judge Richard R. Clifton Announces Intention to Take Senior Status" (PDF). Public Information Office. Retrieved January 4, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Cynthia Hall
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit