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Judge Betty Binns Fletcher

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Judge Betty Binns Fletcher

Judge Betty Binns Fletcher (UW Law class of 1956) was the first woman to become a partner at a Seattle law firm and served over thirty years on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Obituaries & Profiles

Douglas Martin, Betty Bins Fletcher Dies at 89; Liberal Stalwart on the Bench, New York Times (online), Oct. 24, 2012

Maureen O'Hagan, Obituary: Appeals Court Judge Betty Fletcher, Seattle Times (online), Oct. 23, 2012

Gene Johnson, Liberal US Appeals Judge Betty Fletcher Dies at 89, Seattle Times (online), Oct. 23, 2012

Stephanie Francis Ward, 9th Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher Dies at 89, ABA Journal News, Oct. 23, 2012

Scott Graham, Ninth Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher, 1923-2012, The Recorder (online), Oct. 23, 2012

Remembering the Remarkable Judge Betty Fletcher, a Cherished Member of the IAWJ, Int'l Ass'n of Women Judges, Oct. 22, 2012.

Federal Judicial Center biography

Awards & Honors

William L. Dwyer Outstanding Jurist Award, King County Bar Association (2007).

Articles about Judge Fletcher


Nina Shapiro, Betty Fletcher, Betty Fletcher, Seattle's Octogenarian Judge, Gets National Press as Federal Courts' Savior , The Daily Weekly (Seattle Weekly), March 14, 2011

Nina Shapiro, Judge Betty's Revenge, Seattle Weekly, Aug. 19, 2009

Neil A. Lewis, Judge Agrees to Step Aside to Aid Son, N.Y. Times, May 8, 1996

Law Reviews

William H. Rodgers Jr., Betty B. Fletcher: NEPA's Angel and Chief Editor of the Hard Look, 40 Envtl. L. Rep. 10,268-81 (2010)

Washington Law Review symposium honoring Judge Fletcher (vol. 85, no. 1, Feb. 2010):


Articles by Betty Binns Fletcher

Betty Binns Fletcher, A Response to Strass & Scott's Are Senior Judges Unconstitutional?, 92 Cornell L. Rev. 523-31 (2007)

Betty B. Fletcher, The Death Penalty in America: Can Justice Be Done?, 70 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 811-28 (1995) (published version of the twenty-sixth James Madison Lecture on Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, Nov. 15, 1994).  HeinOnline (UW restricted)

Betty B. Fletcher, Foreword: A tribute to Charles A. Reich, 24 U.S.F. L. Rev. 221-22 (1990). HeinOnline

Betty B. Fletcher, Dedication to the Honorable Charles Horowitz, 56 Wash. L. Rev. 163-66 (1981). HeinOnline

Betty B. Fletcher, Recent Federal Cases,  Pre-emption of State Anti-sedition Legislation by Federal Legislation, 31 Wash. L. Rev. 300-04 (1956). HeinOnline

Betty B. Fletcher, Washington Case Law—1955, Torts: Negligence—Apportionment of Damages Between Negligent and Innocent Acts of One Defendant, 31 Wash. L. Rev. 177-85 (1956). HeinOnline



Remarks of Judge Fletcher, in In Memoriam: Honorable William O. Douglas. Proceedings of the Bar and Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States. Proceedings Before the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., November 18, 1980.
Reprinted in 6 Memorials of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States 335 (2009). KF8744.M45 at Classified Stacks
Reprinted (with small changes) in Betty B. Fletcher, Justice William O. Douglas, a Westerner, Wash. St. Bar News, Apr. 1981, at 21. HeinOnline

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