|Richard Anthony Paez|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit|
|Assumed office |
March 14, 2000
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Cecil F. Poole|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California|
June 16, 1994 – March 17, 2000
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089|
|Succeeded by||S. James Otero|
|Born||Richard Anthony Paez|
May 5, 1947
Salt Lake City, Utah
|Education||Brigham Young University (B.A.)|
UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)
Richard Anthony Paez (born May 5, 1947) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Early life and education
Paez began his career as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance, from 1972 to 1974, then as a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, from 1974 to 1976. He joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in 1976 as senior counsel, was director of litigation from 1978 to 1979 and deputy director for litigation, from 1979 to 1980, then was acting executive director and director of litigation, from 1980 to 1981. Paez then became a Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1981 to 1994.
Federal judicial service
Following his March 9, 1994, nomination by President Bill Clinton, confirmation by the United States Senate on June 15, 1994, and reception of commission on June 16, 1994, Paez became the second Mexican American to sit on the bench of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a district that covers Los Angeles.
Paez was confirmed by Senate on March 9, 2000, by a 59-39 vote, more than four years after President Clinton first nominated him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Paez waited 1,506 days to be confirmed, which at that time was the longest wait for a vote by any judicial nominee in U.S. history. The campaign against Paez's confirmation was led by Senators Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire and Jeff Sessions of Alabama over assertions that Paez and other 9th Circuit judges were too liberal. Then Vice President Al Gore interrupted his campaign to fly back to Washington to preside over the confirmation vote.
He is married to Diane Erickson, with a daughter, Lisa, and son, David.
- "Paez, Richard A. - Federal Judicial Center".
- Lewis, Neil a. "After Long Delays, Senate Confirms 2 Judicial Nominees".
- "Ninth Circuit upholds resolution urging Catholics to permit same-sex adoptions".
- Markon, Jerry (April 11, 2011). "Court upholds block on parts of Arizona immigration law". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- California, The State Bar of. "State Bar of CA :: Lisa Marie Paez".
- Richard Paez at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
S. James Otero
Cecil F. Poole
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit