ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Judge Robert J. Bryan has been selected to receive the prestigious 2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit. The award will be presented in July at the Ninth Circuit’s Annual Judicial Conference in San Diego by Senior Judge Mary M. Schroeder.
Bryan is a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma, Washington. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, and took senior status in 2000. Immediately prior to taking the bench, he was a partner at Riddell, Williams, Bullitt and Walkinshaw in Seattle. However, Bryan spent the majority of his career in an elected capacity as a Washington State Superior Court judge.
He was appointed to Kitsap County Superior Court by Governor Dan Evans in 1967, and successfully ran for re-election in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980. He served as judge pro tem for the Washington State Court of Appeals in 1975, and justice pro tem for the Washington State Supreme Court in 1979 and 1982.
Since ascending to the district bench, Bryan has served as a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council and as president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges’ Association. He was founding member of the Puget Sound American Inn of Court, which has since been renamed the Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court; he is an emeritus member.
Bryan earned his juris doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, which honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 100,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.