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Arthur Hellman Comments on Career of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher

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October 30, 2012

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman comments on the work of Judge Betty Fletcher, a pioneering woman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a tenacious member of its liberal wing,  Fletcher was one of 15 appointees of President Jimmy Carter who collectively shifted the court's judicial philosophy to the left. She did not make headlines as often as colleagues like Judge Stephen Reinhardt, but may have been no less an influential leader.


"If you looked at dissents from panel decisions that were eventually overturned en banc, I'll bet you would find they both had an impressive success rate," said Professor Hellman. "They reinforced each other, as did many others."


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