Betty Binns Fletcher
|Betty Binns Fletcher|
|Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit|
September 26, 1979 – November 1, 1998
|Nominated by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Richard Tallman|
March 29, 1923|
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
|Died||October 22, 2012
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University
University of Washington, Seattle
Betty Binns Fletcher (March 29, 1923 – October 22, 2012) was an American lawyer and judge. She served as a federal judge on the San Francisco-based United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit between 1979 and 2012.
Fletcher was one of the first women to become a partner in a major American law firm and the second woman to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Early life and education
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Fletcher attended Stanford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1942 at the age of 19. She completed one year of law school before resuming her legal education a decade later at the University of Washington School of Law, where she finished among the top of her class in 1956.
She was in private practice in Seattle, Washington, from 1956 to 1979. As a practicing lawyer, Fletcher earned a reputation for pragmatism. When she was made a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) she became the first woman to become a partner at a major Pacific Northwest law firm. Fletcher's clients included former Supreme Court Associate Justice William O. Douglas. She was instrumental in expanding the firm's presence in Asia.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Fletcher was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on July 12, 1979, to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, created by 92 Stat. 1629. She was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1979, and received her commission the same day.
On the bench, Fletcher wrote opinions in areas such as employment discrimination, environmental law, Indian law, water rights, export restrictions on cryptography, obscenity on the internet, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
- Betty Binns Fletcher at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "Betty Binns Fletcher dies at 89; liberal U.S. appeals judge". Los Angeles Times. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
- "Longtime, liberal 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Betty Fletcher dies at 89". The Washington Post. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
|New seat||Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit