Mary M. Schroeder

The Honorable Mary M. Schroeder served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from December 2000 through November 2007, and she has been on that court since 1979. Judge Schroeder previously served on the Arizona Court of Appeals and practiced law in Phoenix. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago Law School, and she worked as a trial lawyer in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. She is a recipient of the Arizona State Bar Association’s James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award and the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award. Judge Schroeder regards the case of Hirabayashi v. United States as “the case of a lifetime,” which allowed the courts to help rectify one of our nation’s great wrongs.

Updated October 2013

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Rising Above Racism After World War II: The Lives of Three Unforgettable Asian-American judges

I am honored to have been asked to speak to you this morning. I accepted your invitation in a heartbeat because this celebration is important to me. As you know, I became a student of the “internment,” albeit inadvertently, as a result of Gordon Hirabayashi’s court case in the 1980s seeking to overturn his wartime conviction for violating “internment” orders. We gathered here in Seattle a year and a half ago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our court’s opinion in that case, and I’d like to think that our court’s opinion, along with Judge M...

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