Stanley Alexander Weigel

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Stanley Alexander Weigel
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
In office
August 15, 1962 – October 9, 1982
Appointed by John F. Kennedy
Preceded by Louis Earl Goodman
Succeeded by John P. Vukasin Jr.
Personal details
Born (1905-12-09)December 9, 1905
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Died September 1, 1999(1999-09-01) (aged 93)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Education Stanford University B.A., J.D.
Known for Prison reform; Opposed McCarthyism

Stanley Alexander Weigel (December 9, 1905 – September 1, 1999) was a United States federal judge.

Education and legal career[edit]

Born in Helena, Montana, Weigel was raised in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School.[1] He received an A.B. from Stanford University in 1926 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1928.[2] He was in private practice in San Francisco, California from 1928 to 1962. He was a U.S. Naval Reserve Lieutenant during World War II, from 1943 to 1945.[3] He was a nonresident lecturer at Stanford University Law School beginning in 1952.

In 1949, Weigel represented a group of professors at the University of California dismissed for refusing to sign an anti-Communist loyalty oath.[4]

Weigel was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Weigel was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on July 6, 1962, to a seat vacated by Louis E. Goodman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 9, 1962, and received his commission on August 15, 1962. He assumed senior status on October 9, 1982. Weigel served in that capacity until September 30, 1997, due to retirement.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In April 1940, he married Anne Kauffman, and they had two daughters. He died in San Francisco, California.[3]



  1. ^ "Obituary: Stanley Weigel". San Francisco Gate. September 4, 1999. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (September 4, 1999). "Judge Stanley Weigel, 93, Dies; Acted to Improve Prisons". New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Woo, Elaine (September 4, 1999). "Stanley Weigel; Longtime Federal Judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Domnarski, William (2009). Federal Judges Revealed. Oxford University Press. p. 93. ISBN 0195374592. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Louis Earl Goodman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Succeeded by
John P. Vukasin Jr.