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U.S. Circuit Judge to speak at School of Law commencement ceremony

SANTA CLARA, CA– March 27, 2007. Santa Clara University’s 2007 School of Law commencement ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. May 19 in the Mission Gardens with the Honorable Richard Tallman ’75 as the commencement speaker. Tallman currently serves as an active U.S. Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Prior to his judicial service, Tallman practiced with several law firms where he handled commercial litigation involving matters such as civil RICO suits, whistleblower lawsuits, securities fraud, and commercial bribery cases.   From 1979 until 1983 he served as a federal prosecutor, first with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and then as an assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle. Early in his legal career, he served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Morell E. Sharp, Western District of Washington. He tried more than three dozen civil and criminal cases, primarily in federal court, in his 22 years of legal practice and argued 15 cases on appeal before commencing his judicial service.

Tallman graduated from SCU, summa cum laude, with a business administration degree, and received a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978. His chambers are located in Seattle.

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