Judge Vaughn Walker to Retire
Judge Vaughn Walker to Retire from US District Court in February 2011
Judge Vaughn Walker, whose decision struck down California's controversial Proposition 8, will retire from the bench in February 2011, stepping down as chief judge in December 2010. Judge Vaughn Walker was first appointed to the US District Court for Northern California by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. US District Judge James Ware will take Vaughn's place.
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In his statement, Vaughn Walker wrote, "Concluding 21 years of judicial service, I leave the bench with the highest respect and regard for the federal judiciary, its judges and their staff and the essential role they fulfill in our constitutional system."
Walker became chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Northern California in 2004. Under federal law, chief judges are selected on the basis of a combination of age, seniority and experience and may serve for seven years.
The new chief judge will be U.S. District Judge James Ware of San Jose.