William Alsup

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William Alsup
Judge William H. Alsup.jpg
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/17/1999 - Present
Preceded by:   Thelton Henderson
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Jackson, MS
Undergraduate:   Mississippi State U., B.S., 1967
Law School:   Harvard U., J.D., 1971
Grad. School:   Harvard U., John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P., 1971

William Alsup is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Alsup graduated from Mississippi State University with his bachelor's degree in 1967 and received his J.D. degree from Harvard University in 1971. Alsup also earned a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[1]

Professional career

Alsup began his legal career as a law clerk for Associate Justice William Douglas at the Supreme Court of the United States from 1971 to 1972. Alsup was a private practice attorney in San Francisco, California from 1972 to 1978 and again from 1980 to 1998. He served as an Assistant Solicitor General for the U.S. Solicitor General in the Department of Justice (DOJ) from 1978 to 1980. Alsup was Special Counsel in the Antitrust Division of the DOJ in 1998.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of California

On the recommendation of Senator Barbara Boxer, Alsup was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by President Bill Clinton on March 24, 1999 to a seat vacated by Thelton Henderson as Henderson assumed senior status. Alsup was confirmed by the Senate on July 30, 1999 on a voice vote and received commission on August 17, 1999.[2]

Notable cases

UC computer research center (2009)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Save Strawberry Canyon v. Department of Energy, No. C 08-03494 WHA)

Judge Alsup on August 18, 2009, issued an injunction against the University of California-Berkeley over construction of a new computer research center for the US Department of Energy.[3]

As part of the injunction, the judge ordered environmental impact studies on Strawberry Canyon before any construction could begin on concerns of environmental damage.[3]

Because the project is funded fully by the federal government, Judge Alsup found it was important that a federal agency conduct environmental testing in the interest of the project's sustainability.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thelton Henderson
Northern District of California
1999–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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