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“The Best Seat in the Courthouse”

When I was a first year law student, there was a very famous case that was being trialed in the U.S. District Court in Boston- the old Scollay Square Court House. And a group of us decided to go watch the trial, so we took a few days off and took the subway over to Scollay Square and sat in the trial. It only lasted 3 to 4 days. In those days, trials were shorter, but it was a libel case where the Senator from Maine, Owen Brewster, sued the Boston Herald Traveler for libel because they had accused him of taking a bribe or something like that.

So the case trialed to the jury and there was a famous lawyer that defended- they were all big time lawyers- but a famous lawyer defended the Boston Traveler- a fellow named James St. Clair because he later became…what 15 years later… 20 years later… 72… 10 years later... he later became President Nixon’s impeachment lawyer.

Anyway, we went to watch that trial, and it was evident to me that the best seat in the court house was the one right up there where the judge was sitting- little guy named Charles Wyzanski, very good judge, had a stellar reputation. And the judge was asking…there was no doubt that he controlled that courtroom, he controlled that trial, he moved it along. He was very impressive. So I said to myself, I thought, “Boy, that’s the job I want.”

So, I was in law school, I was a first year student, and I said that and I thought that, but you know, dwell on that… But anyway, that’s the first time I decided, “Boy, it would be nice to be a federal judge.” 


Boston Charles Wyzanski derecho Estados Unidos James D. St. Clair Massachusetts Plaza Scollay Tribunal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos

Fecha: July 2, 2014

Zona: California, US

Entrevista: Sakura Kato

País: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

Entrevista

Nacido en Santa María, California, el juez Atsushi Wallace Tashima es el primer japonés-estadounidense y el tercer asiático-estadounidense en la historia en integrar un Tribunal de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos. Sus padres eran inmigrantes issei. Pasó tres años de su infancia en el Centro de Reubicación de Guerra de Poston en Poston, Arizona. Cuando Tashima ingresó a su primer año en la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Harvard en 1958, él era uno de los únicos cuatro estudiantes asiático-estadounidenses en Harvard. Sin embargo, Tashima llegó a tener una carrera como juez federal durante 34 años. En 1980, Tashima fue nombrado por el presidente Carter para el Tribunal de Distrito de los Estados Unidos para el Distrito Central de California. Después de 15 años de servicio en el Tribunal de Distrito, el presidente Clinton  ascendió a Tashima al Tribunal de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos del  Noveno Circuito, cuya jurisdicción abarca los nueve estados occidentales en la Costa Oeste. En el 2004, Tashima asumió el estatus de juez decano y actualmente integra el Tribunal del Noveno Circuito en Pasadena, California.  (Agosto de 2014)

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Interés Inicial en Derecho

(n. 1957) Juez de la Corte Suprema de Hawái.