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9th Circuit Cowboy The Long Good Fight of Judge Harry Pregerson Panel Discussion

Thursday December 2, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM



9th Circuit Cowboy
The Long Good Fight of Judge Harry Pregerson
A film by Terry Sanders, Two-time Oscar® winner and Emmy® winner
Link to screen the film HERE -- password: HARRY1923



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Join us for a discussion regarding the film about Judge Pregerson’s life, his commitment to public service, how that commitment shaped his judicial philosophy, and the broader importance of the public interest/service aspect to the role of the judiciary.

9th CIRCUIT COWBOY is the story of Judge Harry Pregerson who, for almost half a century, served on California’s famously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and was known for placing his personal scruples over what he discounted as abstract legalities. “I looked upon being a judge,” he said, “as a chance to help as many people as I could through the law.”
Growing up during the Depression in diverse East Los Angeles, Harry enlisted in the Marines in World War II and served in the Pacific. In the bloody Battle for Okinawa, he received a field commission to lieutenant after suffering severe gun shot wounds to his legs. After the war, he went on to become a lawyer, a district court judge and ultimately one of the most admired, and sometimes scorned, appellate judges in the United States -- a champion for veterans, the homeless, the poor and the powerless.
Moderator: Dean Kevin Johnson
  • Academy Award winning director Terry Sanders
  • Judge Dean Pregerson '76, U. S. District Court for the Central District of California and son of Harry Pregerson
  • Bob Zaugh - Featured in the film as a Vietnam War draft resister



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