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Stephen R. Reinhardt, LLB Biography

Judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“We believe that extending a choice to doctors as well as to patients would help protect the integrity of the medical profession without compromising the rights or principles of individual doctors and without sacrificing the welfare of their patients.”

Compassion in Dying v. State of Washington, majority opinion, Mar. 6, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1980-present
  • Secretary, Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympics
  • Attorney, Fogel, Julber, Reinhardt, Rothschild & Feldman, 1957-1980
  • Law Clerk, Luther W. Youngdahl, US District Court, District of Columbia, 1956-1957
  • Lieutenant, Office of General Counsel, Secretary of the Air Force, US Air Force, 1954-1956
  • President, Los Angeles Police Commission
  • Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Amateur Athletic Foundation
  • LLB, Yale Law School, 1954
  • BA, Pomona College, 1951
  • Nominated to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter on Nov. 30, 1979 and approved by the US Senate on Sep. 11, 1980
  • Married to Ramona Ripston, executive head of ACLU of Southern California, 1971-2011