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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

R.I.P. Judge Robert Beezer

Robert Beezer, a senior judge on the 9th Circuit, passed away late last week.  I was saddened to hear the news, as Judge Beezer was very kind to me when I was a law clerk out in Seattle.  I remember a lunch where, with great understatement and gentle reserve, he clued me in to some of the many particular ways of the circuit.  A story with some details about Judge Beezer's life is here

Posted by Marc DeGirolami on April 3, 2012 at 08:08 AM | Permalink


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Thank you, Marc and Kurt, for remembering Judge Beezer. I cannot imagine a judge for whom it would have been a greater pleasure to clerk. While never losing control of his chambers and making sure that every opinion was truly his and reflected his perspective on the issues and style in explication, he allowed those clerks who showed they were trustworthy and reliable to play an integral role in developing the issues, researching the problems, and suggesting approaches to resolution. Most importantly, he was a gentle and kind, but directive, mentor. I enjoyed every minute of my precious time with him in chambers during the clerkship years. And my wife and I will never forget how he took us in to his family Thanksgiving banquet when our out-of-town plans were dashed by an unusual late fall snowstorm in Seattle. I know that I owe much of the opportunities I have enjoyed in the years since to the opportunity he gave me. He will be missed.

Posted by: Greg Sisk | Apr 5, 2012 11:57:40 AM

I too am saddened to hear of the death of Judge Beezer, whom I clerked for back in the 1990s. He would listen patiently to my Yale-ish ideas and then calmly say "yes, but will it write?" A great mentor and a model judge.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by: Kurt Lash | Apr 3, 2012 10:43:25 AM

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