Ninth Circuit Judge Taking Senior Status

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain will assume senior status on New Year’s eve after 30 years on the appeals court bench, and continue hearing a reduced caseload in the Portland Federal Courthouse.
     O’Scannlain notified President Obama of his impending semi-retirement on Monday, the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan. O’Scannlain, 79, has the longest tenure of Oregonians on the Ninth Circuit bench since Judge William Gilbert, who was appointed in 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison.
     He is a former chair of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and former chair of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, its Committee on Appellate Practice, and its Ninth National Appellate Practice Institute, the Ninth Circuit said in a statement announcing his plans. O’Scannlain has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on several occasions, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, and the Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals on the subject of court reorganization.
     O’Scannlain was born in New York City, a first-generation child of immigrant parents from Counties Sligo and Derry in Ireland. He is married to the former Maureen Dolan and they have eight children and 19 grandchildren.

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