SAN FRANCISCO – Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit notified President Barack Obama today that he will assume senior status on December 31, 2016. The notification occurred on the 30th anniversary of Judge O’Scannlain’s appointment to the court by President Ronald Reagan.
to have sat on the Ninth Circuit bench, Judge O’Scannlain has the longest
tenure of active service since Judge William Gilbert, who was appointed in
1892 by President Benjamin Harrison.
In taking senior status, Judge O’Scannlain,79, will retain his chambers in
Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse, but with decreased caseload and travel
burdens. The next president will nominate a successor to Judge O’Scannlain’s seat on the Ninth
Press release here.