Richard Paez, a federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will speak at the UW School of Law October 27 at 4 p.m. William H. Gates Hall Room 133.
Paez was appointed as a federal judge by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 2000. He received his BA from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from UC Berkeley.
He has practiced law at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, California Rural Legal Assistance and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
His judicial appointments are the Los Angeles Municipal Court, US District Court of the Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit.
Paez, the first Mexican American to sit on the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, spent the 1970s practicing poverty law, first as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance and then the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and later as the executive director of litigation for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
It was Gov. Jerry Brown who named him to the municipal bench, where he stayed through a succession of California Republican administrations.
When he made the unusual leap from municipal court to U.S. district court, it was through the intervention of President Clinton.
Judge Paez's lecture is sponsored by the law school's William H. Gates Public Service Law Program.