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California Western -- Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia '74  Nominated to Seat on U.S. District Court

Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia '74  Nominated to Seat on U.S. District Court
California Western alumnus nominated to
United States District Court, Southern District of California by President Obama 

Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia administers the Oath of Professional Conduct to California Western graduate Nicolle Richardson '09

SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2010 - Yesterday, Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, a 1974 graduate of California Western School of Law, was nominated by President Obama to a seat on the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.

"California Western is proud of the extraordinary commitment of Judge Battaglia," says Dean Steven R. Smith. "His service to the judiciary, as evidenced by this appointment, is in the highest tradition of the profession and we join in celebrating his achievement."

Battaglia's nomination follows his recent appointment to magistrate judge observer of the Judicial Conference of the United States by Chief Justice John G. Roberts.

Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia
Since his appointment in January, Battaglia serves as magistrate judge observer of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In that role, Battaglia helps frame policy guidelines for the administration of the judicial courts in the United States.  

Prior to that, he served in a similar role on the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He presided over the Federal Magistrate Judges Association and of the San Diego County Bar Association. Battaglia also served as chair of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Conference and its Executive Board.

Service to California Western
Battaglia has long been an active supporter of California Western. Since 1999, he has administered the Oath of Professional Conduct to alumni of California Western. The semi-annual event precedes the ceremony swearing-in Bar exam passers to the State Bar of California. 

In addition to his service with the Oath of Professional Conduct, Battaglia served as a Class Reunion Committee Representative, encouraging his fellow classmates to attend Alumni Weekend and give back to the law school.

A Rewarding Career
Battaglia's appointment to the U.S. District Court, and his career path that precedes this honor, is indicative of his commitment to service.

Service to the legal profession is paramount to the California Western educational experience, as demonstrated by the many ways in which faculty, students and alumni give back. Battaglia's years of professional and pro bono service have contributed to his successful career and exemplify the law school's mission to prepare the next generation of legal professionals who will make significant, meaningful contributions to their communities.