William Haskell Alsup
|William Haskell Alsup|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California|
August 17, 1999
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Thelton Eugene Henderson|
|Born||1945 (age 69–70)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Alma mater||Mississippi State University (B.S.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.) and (M.P.P.)
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Alsup received a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University in 1967, a J.D. from Harvard University in 1971, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1971. He was a law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1971 to 1972. Alsup was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1972 to 1978, and was then an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice from 1978 to 1980. He returned to his private practice in San Francisco from 1980 to 1998, when he briefly served as a special counsel in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in 1998. He was again in private practice in San Francisco from 1998 to 1999.
On March 24, 1999, Alsup was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Thelton Eugene Henderson. Alsup was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 1999, and received his commission on August 17, 1999.
Alsup was the presiding judge over Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., where he notably has been able to comment on issues relating to coding and programming languages, specifically Java. He learned the Java programming language solely for the purpose of being able to understand the case more clearly. However, on the legal front, the Federal Circuit found Judge Alsup's conclusions on copyrightability of Java API erroneous and contrary to established law, and completely reversed his decision.
He was also the presiding judge in what is believed to be the first trial against the U.S. no-fly policy, where he ruled that, "[t]he government's administrative remedies fall short of such relief (providing for the correction of mistaken information) and do not supply sufficient due process."
Awards and recognition
- William Haskell Alsup at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Dotinga, William (May 17, 2012). "Oracle & Google Debate Road Map". Courthouse News. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- Garling, Caleb (May 15, 2012). "Oracle Goes for Broke in Court Battle With Google". Wired. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., May 9, 2014. Retrieved on May 9, 2014.
- United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit 2013 Annual Report