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Cynthia Holcomb Hall

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Cynthia Holcomb Hall
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   10/4/1984 - 8/31/1997
Senior:   8/31/1997 - 2/26/2011
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Past post:   Central District of California
Past term:   1981 - 1984
Past position:   Seat #10
Personal History
Born:   1929
Deceased:   February 26, 2011
Undergraduate:   Stanford University 1951
Law School:   Stanford Law School 1954
Grad. School:   New York University School of Law 1960

Cynthia Holcomb Hall (1929 - 2011) was a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco. She joined the court in 1984 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. She served the court until her death on February 26, 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Hall graduated from Stanford University with her bachelor's degree in 1951 and from Stanford Law with her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1954. She later earned her Master of Law degree from NYU Law in 1960. Hall also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Lieutenant in the JAG Corps from 1951 to 1953.[2]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. Richard Harvey Chambers, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1954-1955
  • Research assistant to editor, Tax Law Review, 1959-1960
  • Trial attorney, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 1960-1964
  • Attorney adviser, Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1964-1966
  • Private practice, Beverly Hills, California, 1966-1972
  • Judge, United States Tax Court, 1972-1981[2]

Judicial career

Tax Court

Hall served the United States Tax Court as a judge from 1972 to 1981, when she was appointed to another judicial position.[2]

Central District of California

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, Hall was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President Ronald Reagan on October 14, 1981, to a seat vacated by Harry Pregerson. Hall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 18, 1981 on a senate vote and received commission on November 18, 1981. Hall left the Central District of California on October 4, 1984, due to her appointment to the Ninth Circuit.[2] Hall was succeeded in this position by John Davies.

Ninth Circuit

Hall was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on August 1, 1984 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 which was approved by Congress. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 1984 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 4, 1984. Hall assumed senior status on August 31, 1997 and continued serving in that capacity until her death in 2011.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Harry Pregerson
Central District of California
Seat #10
Succeeded by:
John Davies
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by: