Preserving the Ninth Circuit: The Life and Legacy of Judge Richard Harvey Chambers

Preserving the Ninth Circuit: The Life and Legacy of Judge Richard Harvey Chambers

by Lee M. A. Simpson


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Judge Richard Harvey Chambers served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from his appointment in 1954 to his death in 1994. Serving for seventeen years as chief judge (1959-1976), Chambers fundamentally shaped the court in the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. In addition to the imprint he left on legal matters through over 1,600 opinions, he promoted the development of a modern judiciary in the Pacific Trust Territories, helped defeat efforts to split the Ninth Circuit, worked tirelessly to protect the independence of the judiciary, and ensured that the beautiful and historic courthouses of the circuit would be preserved for future generations. Born into a disappearing world of horses, buggies, and steam locomotives, and growing up in the small cotton-farming community of Safford, Arizona, before moving to Tucson and later to San Francisco, Chambers was both an eyewitness to and a participant in the economic, social, political, and demographic changes that shaped the twentieth-century American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634991117
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Series: America Though Time Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

LEE M. A. SIMPSON is professor of history and director of the General Education Honors Program at California State University, Sacramento. She received her M.A. in public history and Ph.D. in American urban history from the University of California, Riverside. She has authored books and articles on the history of historic preservation and urban planning in California and Oregon. Her most recent book, co-edited with Christopher Castaneda, is River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of Sacramento.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

Introduction 9

Part I The Lawyer

Part I Introduction 19

1 Lessons from the Land and the Men who Loved It 21

2 Finding His "Way Among the Faithful 41

3 Coming Into His Own 58

4 Matters of the Military 78

5 Politics and Private Practice 96

Part II The Judge

Part II Introduction 119

6 The Wit and Wisdom of Short Opinions 123

7 The Art of Administration 142

8 Across the Pacific 162

9 Splitting the Circuit 182

10 Preserving the Buildings of the Ninth Circuit 199

Epilogue: The Legacy of Richard Harvey Chambers 220

Endnotes 226

Bibliography 248

Index 251

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