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Richard Clifton

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Richard Clifton
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Honolulu, HI
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   7/30/2002 - Present
Preceded by:   Cynthia Holcomb Hall
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Framingham, MA
Undergraduate:   Princeton University 1972
Law School:   Yale Law School 1975

Richard R. Clifton is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Early life and education

Born in Farmingham, Massachusetts, Clifton graduated from Princeton with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and later graduated from Yale Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.[1]

Professional career

Clifton served as a law clerk for federal appeals judge Herbert Choy for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1976 before entering private practice in the State of Hawaii from 1977 to 2002. Clifton also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii's Richardson School of Law from 1978 to 1980 and again from 1983 to 1989.[1]

Judicial career

Clifton was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Cynthia Holcomb Hall as Hall assumed senior status. Clifton was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 2002, and received commission on July 30, 2002.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Cynthia Holcomb Hall
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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