William A. Fletcher

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William A. Fletcher
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
October 9, 1998
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byWilliam Albert Norris
Personal details
William Alan Fletcher

(1945-06-06) June 6, 1945 (age 73)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
EducationHarvard University (B.A.)
Merton College, Oxford (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)

William Alan Fletcher (born June 6, 1945) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[1]

Education and legal training[edit]

Fletcher went to Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington, graduating in 1964. Fletcher received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1968 and another from Merton College, Oxford University in 1970 as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1975.[2] He then clerked for Judge Stanley A. Weigel from 1975 to 1976. Fletcher then clerked for Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court from 1976 to 1977.

Fletcher's mother, Betty Binns Fletcher, was also a judge on the Ninth Circuit, although she held senior status from 1998 until her death in 2012.

Fletcher teaches Federal Courts at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall).[2]

Professional career[edit]

Fletcher was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1972 and a Professor of Law at Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley from 1977 to 1998. Fletcher was the author of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Demers v. Austin (January 2014). He also published a 100-page dissent on the decision to deny Kevin Cooper an en banc hearing.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Fletcher was nominated twice by former President Bill Clinton, his Rhodes Scholar classmate at Oxford, for a seat on the Ninth Circuit vacated by William Albert Norris in April 1995, and on January 7, 1997.[4] His first nomination was never voted on by the Senate, but his second nomination was confirmed in a 57-41 vote on October 8, 1998 and he received his commission on October 9.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Finn, M.T.; Irvine, D.R.; Bliss, M.L.; Pratton, G.L.; Morgan, S. (2009). The American Bench. Forster-Long. ISSN 0160-2578. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty Profiles: William A. Fletcher". law.berkeley.edu. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Sarah (2003). "The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process": 29–47. |contribution= ignored (help)

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Albert Norris
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit