Richard Seeborg

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Richard Seeborg
Richard Seeborg District Judge.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Assumed office
January 4, 2010
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byMaxine M. Chesney
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
In office
February 9, 2001 – January 4, 2010
Personal details
Born
Richard Gus Seeborg

(1956-11-04) November 4, 1956 (age 63)
Landstuhl, West Germany
(now Germany)
ResidenceSan Francisco, California
EducationYale University (B.A.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)

Richard Gus Seeborg (born November 4, 1956) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He formerly served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the same district.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Seeborg earned a Bachelor of Arts in history summa cum laude from Yale University in May 1978 and then earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1981.[1] From 1981 until 1982, Seeborg served as a law clerk to United States District Judge John H. Pratt.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

In 1982, Seeborg joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster.[1] He became a partner with the firm in 1987.[1] In 1991, Seeborg left Morrison & Foerster to become an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Jose, California.[1] He served in that post until 1998, when he returned to Morrison & Foerster, working as a partner and focusing on a litigation practice in the fields of securities, intellectual property and general commercial matters.[1][2]

Work as a magistrate judge[edit]

On February 9, 2001, Seeborg became a United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On August 7, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Seeborg to be a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.[3] On October 15, 2009, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted to send Seeborg's nomination to the full Senate.[4] The Senate confirmed Seeborg by unanimous consent on December 24, 2009. He received his commission on January 4, 2010.[2]

Notable rulings[edit]

On March 6, 2019 Seeborg ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census.[5][6]

On April 8, 2019 Seeborg ruled that non-Mexican asylum seekers did not have to stay in Mexico while awaiting their court proceedings.[7]

Personal[edit]

Seeborg resides in San Francisco, California.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hon. Richard G. Seeborg". www.legalspan.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "Seeborg, Richard G. – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  3. ^ President Obama Nominates Edward Milton Chen, Dolly Gee and Richard Seeborg to Serve on the District Court Bench Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, whitehouse.gov (August 7, 2009).
  4. ^ a b Mintz, Howard (October 17, 2009). "Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm two Bay Area federal judge nominees". Contra Costa Times.
  5. ^ Barbash, Fred (2019-03-06). "Wilbur Ross broke law, violated Constitution in census decision, judge rules". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ Wallace, Gregory (2019-03-06). "Second federal court strikes citizenship question from 2020 census". CNN. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. ^ Hesson, Ted (2019-04-08). "Judge halts Trump administration's 'remain in Mexico' policy". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-04-10.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Maxine M. Chesney
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
2010–present
Incumbent