A. Wallace Tashima

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A. Wallace Tashima
A. Wallace Tashima Circuit Judge.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
June 30, 2004
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
January 4, 1996 – June 30, 2004
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Arthur Lawrence Alarcon
Succeeded by Milan Smith
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
June 30, 1980 – January 8, 1996
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Warren J. Ferguson
Succeeded by Dean D. Pregerson
Personal details
Born Atsushi Wallace Tashima
(1934-06-24) June 24, 1934 (age 83)
Santa Maria, California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Atsushi Wallace Tashima (born June 24, 1934) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is the third Asian American and first Japanese American to be appointed to a United States Court of Appeals.

Early life[edit]

Tashima was born in 1934 in Santa Maria, California, to Yasutaro and Aya Tashima.[1] He is Nisei Japanese American. During World War II he was interned at the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona, an internment camp for Japanese Americans. After the war his family moved to Southern California. He lived in Boyle Heights, graduating from Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. From 1953 to 1956, Tashima served in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1958, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Harvard Law School in 1961.[2]

Career[edit]

Upon graduation from law school, from 1962 to 1968, Tashima became the Deputy State Attorney General for the State of California. He then joined the Amstar Corporation as an attorney in its Spreckels Sugar Division (1968–1972) and then as the general attorney and vice president of Amstar from 1972 to 1977. Tashima returned to private practice in 1977, as a partner at Morrison & Foerster, in Los Angeles.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Tashima was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on May 9, 1980, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of California vacated by Judge Warren J. Ferguson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 26, 1980, and received commission on June 30, 1980. His service terminated on January 8, 1996, due to elevation to the Ninth Circuit.[3]

Tashima was nominated by President Bill Clinton on April 6, 1995, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated by Judge Arthur Lawrence Alarcon. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 2, 1996, and received commission on January 4, 1996. He assumed senior status on June 30, 2004.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Tashima is married and has three children and three grandchildren. He resides in Los Angeles. He is the father of Academy Award-winning filmmaker and actor, Chris Tashima.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • Trial Jurist of the Year, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1995–96)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Judicial Conference of the United States. Bicentennial Committee (1978). Judges of the United States. The Committee : for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b "JA jurists profiled by JACL, Downtown LA Chapter". downtown-los-angeles-jacl.org. Retrieved 2015-07-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Tashima, Atsushi Wallace - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ "Conference review by Greg Robinson on IsThatLegal.org - 11/9/04". Archived from the original on 2008-03-17. 
  5. ^ Tashima resume Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. on ISDLS website

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Warren J. Ferguson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
1980–1996
Succeeded by
Dean D. Pregerson
Preceded by
Arthur Lawrence Alarcon
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1996–2004
Succeeded by
Milan Smith