How the World Looks to a Federal Judge
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Washington Press
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Several times in my legal career my path has intersected with William Dwyer’s. I was asked in 1986 to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of his nomination as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Washington. Because I have greatly admired...
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Judge William Dwyer assembled some of his speeches for the purpose of publishing them and even wrote a preface for the planned book in the months before his death in 2002. The speeches all reflect his belief in the institutions of government and law and his conclusions...
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This book is a sampling of speeches I have given during my years as a federal judge. I have put it together— “written it” would not be right, since the speeches had already been reduced to writing—for two categories of readers. The first group is those who might be curious about..
Remarks at the Federal Bar Association: Banquet honoring Judge George H . Boldt
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It is an honor to speak here tonight , even as a substitute. Bill Helsell’s first official act as the new president of the Seattle-King County Bar Association was to get on a ship and sail away to...
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Dean Hjorth, Dean-Designate Knight, Professor Jay, Professor Junker, members of the faculty, students and alumni, ladies and gentlemen, and my three oldest grandchildren, Maxwell, Henry, and...
Judges and Librarians
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It is a great pleasure to speak today to the librarians of the State of Washington. I was glad to accept this invitation because my gratitude to libraries goes back a long way—back to the discovery of books at good old Interbay Grade School in...
The Declaration of the Rights of Man—200 Years Later
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It is a great pleasure to appear before this society devoted to friendship between the United States and France and to speak on one of the world’s most important subjects— liberty....
Optimism for Lawyers
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Dean Loh , members of the faculty , honored guests, ladies and gentlemen. I feel lucky to be here tonight and especially lucky to be introduced by Jack Sullivan.1 I have known Professor Sullivan for a long time. He was, and...
The Practical Value of Ethics
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We all know there has been a decline in civility and courtesy and dedication to ethics in the practice of law over the past several years. The rule of thumb is that the bigger the city, the worse the problem....
Finding the Center
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Dean Loh, Judge Jones, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:1...
Remarks on Semi-Retiring
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Eleven years ago at this banquet the federal Bar Association gave me a warm welcome to the bench.Tonight’s greeting seems even warmer. I can only assume that the bar is even happier about my departure than it was about my arrival....
Lincoln Then and Now
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It is a great pleasure to be in Tacoma again . I have happy memories here. When I was a trial lawyer, I tried a good many cases before judges and juries in Tacoma. In federal court, I came before Judges George Boldt and...
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Dean Hjorth,1 members of the faculty, honored guests, new graduates, parents and friends. It is a great pleasure and honor to speak to you on this happy day....
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It is a pleasure to be here , but I feel as if I have been asked to describe the Cascade Mountains in five minutes without talking too fast. Stimson Bullitt is a big subject,1 and he has his own cliffs, meadows, snowfields, towering peaks, and occasional rockslides. But I will try to give an overview....
Remembering Chuck Goldmark
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Just over fifteen years ago—in december 1985— my wife and I were invited to Christmas Eve dinner at the home of our friends Chuck and Annie Goldmark.1 We had to decline with regret because we had visitors and had planned a gathering at our house. So instead of being at the Goldmarks’ on...
Emmett Watson Memorial
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Emmett watson and I were friends for about forty years. He watched parts of a few trials when I was a practicing lawyer—he was a great believer in the possibility of justice— but most of our time together was spent in other settings: in bars and restaurants, baseball...
The Future of Litigation
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Honored Judges, Mayor Royer, County Executive Hill, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.1 It is a great pleasure to be here this evening and especially to speak in honor of our judiciary....
Rumpole Was Right
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I had meant to do a lot of original research for my first Monday Club paper1 and to present to you, my fellow members, an essay on something like Spain’s Future in the Common Market, or New Hope in the Battle...
Pro Bono’s Triple Win
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I am Joanna Dwyer, Judge Dwyer’s daughter. My father wanted very much to speak to you today, so he asked me to read these remarks as if he were delivering them himself. So, from this part on, the pronoun “I” will refer not to me but to my Dad....
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When it was learned that Judge William Dwyer had decided not to leave his papers in the public domain, the gloom accompanying his death was made even darker. Dwyer’s reputation as a writer...
Publication Year: 2012