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William Canby
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Station:   Phoenix, AZ
Appointed by:   Jimmy Carter
Active:   '5/23/1980 - 5/23/1996
Senior:   5/23/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   Ozell Trask
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Yale University 1953
Law School:   University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 1956

William Cameron Canby, Jr. is a federal appeals judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco. He joined the court in 1980 after being nominated by President Jimmy Carter. Canby is a judge serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Canby graduated from Yale with his bachelor's degree in 1953 and graduated from Minnesota Law with his Law degree in 1956. He also served as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant in the JAG Corps from 1956 to 1958.[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Justice Charles Whittaker, Supreme Court of the United States, 1958-1959
  • Private practice, St. Paul Minnesota, 1959-1962
  • Associate director, U.S. Peace Corps / Ethiopia, 1962-1963
  • Deputy director, U.S. Peace Corps / Ethiopia, 1963-1964
  • Director, U.S. Peace Corps / Uganda, 1964-1966
  • Special assistant, U.S. Sen. Walter F. Mondale, Washington, DC, 1966
  • Special assistant, President Harris Wofford, State University of New York at Old Westbury, 1967
  • Professor of law, Arizona State University, 1967-1980
  • Director, Office of Indian Law, Arizona State University College of Law
  • Visiting Fulbright professor of law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1970-1971[1]

Judicial career

Canby was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter on April 2, 1980 to a seat vacated by Ozell Trask. Canby was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 1980, and received commission on May 23, 1980. Canby assumed senior status on May 23, 1996.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Ozell Trask
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Barry Silverman

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