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Cynthia Holcomb Hall

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Cynthia Holcomb Hall
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
August 31, 1997 – February 26, 2011
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
October 4, 1984 – August 31, 1997
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by Richard Clifton
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
November 18, 1981 – October 4, 1984
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Harry Pregerson
Succeeded by John Davies
Judge of the United States Tax Court
In office
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Personal details
Born (1929-02-19)February 19, 1929
Los Angeles, California
Died February 26, 2011(2011-02-26) (aged 82)
Pasadena, California
Education Stanford University (A.B.)
Stanford Law School (LL.B.)
New York University School of Law (LL.M.)

Cynthia Holcomb Hall (February 19, 1929 – February 26, 2011) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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Early life and career

Born in Los Angeles, California, Hall received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Stanford University in 1951, a Bachelor of Laws from Stanford Law School in 1954, and a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law in 1960. She was a United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant, JAG Corps from 1951 to 1953. She was a law clerk for Judge Richard Harvey Chambers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1954 to 1955. She was a research assistant to the editor of the Tax Law Review from 1959 to 1960. She was a trial attorney of the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. from 1960 to 1964, and an attorney advisor for the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel in the United States Department of the Treasury from 1964 to 1966. She was in private practice in Beverly Hills, California from 1966 to 1972.[1]

Judicial career

In 1972, Hall was appointed by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States Tax Court.[1]

On October 14, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Hall to a seat on the United States District Court for the Central District of California vacated by Judge Harry Pregerson. Hall was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 18, 1981, and received her commission the same day. Her service terminated on October 4, 1984, due to elevation to the Ninth Circuit.[1]

On August 1, 1984, Reagan nominated Hall to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit created by 98 Stat. 333. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 3, 1984, and received her commission on October 4, 1984. She assumed senior status on August 31, 1997, serving in that status until her death.[1]


Hall died of cancer at her home in Pasadena, California on February 26, 2011 at the age of 82.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Hall, Cynthia Holcomb - Federal Judicial Center".
  2. ^ "Ninth U.S. Circuit Senior Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall Dies at 82".


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Harry Pregerson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Succeeded by
John Davies
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
Richard Clifton
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