Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi
|Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi|
|Born||September 12, 1930
|Died||August 4, 2009
Los Angeles, California
|Children||Superior Court Judge Jon Takasugi
USC Law Center
Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi (September 12, 1930 - August 4, 2009) was a United States federal judge of Japanese descent.
Takasugi was born in Tacoma, Washington. When he was 12 years old, he and his family were interned in the Tule Lake War Relocation Center, part of the World War II internment of 130,000 Japanese Americans.
After the war, Takasugi attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles. He received a B.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1953 and a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1959.
He was a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War, from 1953 to 1955, acting as a criminal investigator for the Army. After obtaining his law degree, he entered private practice in Los Angeles, California from 1960 to 1973. He was a Hearing examiner, Los Angeles Police Commission from 1962 to 1965. He was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan as a judge on the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1973 to 1975, and elevated by Governor Jerry Brown to the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 1975 to 1976.
On April 14, 1976, Takasugi was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of California vacated by Elisha Avery Crary. Takasugi was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1976, and received his commission the following day. He assumed senior status on September 30, 1996, remaining active in that capacity until April 2009.
He died on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 78.
- Woo, Elaine (August 7, 2009), "Robert M. Takasugi dies at 78; Japanese American federal judge had been interned in World War II relocation camp", The Los Angeles Times
- Linda Deutsch, First Japanese-American federal judge Robert Takasugi dies, The Associated Press, August 6, 2009