Distinguished 9th Circuit judge visiting as jurist-in-residence

Published: January 21st, 2014

Category: News

scalesBy Matt Walker & Andrew Steadman (2L)

Richard C. Tallman, a judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, will serve as the Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence at UF Law, Wednesday and Thursday. During his stay, Tallman will visit UF Law classes and students will have opportunities to meet and dine with him.

“UF Law is delighted and honored Judge Tallman will be this year’s Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. “Judge Tallman has a distinguished history of government service, private practice, and 13 years on the federal bench.”

Jerry noted that Tallman is a recognized leader on criminal justice issues and, among other notable accomplishments, chaired the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee to the Judicial Conference.

“Judge Tallman is our first Fay Jurist from outside the 11th Circuit. Having a judge from the 9th Circuit, which covers nine western states and two territories, as our Fay Jurist is evidence that UF Law’s growing reputation is truly national in scope,” Jerry said.

Tallman does have a connection to UF Law in a way; UF Law graduate Andres Healy (JD 10) clerked for Tallman and Laura Renstrom (JD 13) is currently clerking for him. UF Law Professor Lea Johnston clerked for Tallman as well.

After graduating from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978, Tallman clerked for Judge Morell E. Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. He then served as a trial lawyer for the Department of Justice and as an assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle. From 1983 until 2000, Tallman worked in private practice as a criminal defense trial attorney, first for Bogle and Gates and then for the firm he co-founded in 1999, Tallman & Severin. In 1999, Tallman was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the 9th Circuit.

The UF Law Jurist-in-Residence Program was named to honor UF Law alum Peter T. Fay *JD 56) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Fay served as the inaugural jurist-in-residence at UF Law in 2009.

Through the program, experienced judges visit campus for several days each year to interact with law students through participation in college activities and classroom discussions. The goal, in providing law students with access to these esteemed jurists-in-residence, is to provide the students with insight to the law from a judge’s perspective. Additionally, students get the opportunity to discuss a broad range of legal topics, including those relating to the judicial process.