2015 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the
Ninth Circuit - The Hon. Robert J. Bryan
Judge Robert J. Bryan has been awarded the prestigious 2015
American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit.
The award was presented on July 13th, 2015 at the Ninth Circuit's
Annual Judicial Conference in San Diego.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are bestowed
upon a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling
character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest
standards of the legal profession.
Robert J. Bryan is U.S. District Judge for the Western District
of Washington in Tacoma. He was appointed by President Ronald
Reagan in 1986, and took senior status in 2000. Judge 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. He has served as judge protempore for the
Washington State Court of Appeals and justice pro tem for the
Washington State Supreme Court.
Since ascending to the district bench, Judge Bryan has served as
a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council and as president of
the Ninth Circuit District Judges' Association. He was a founding
member of the Puget Sound American Inn of Court, renamed The
Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court. This is a well
2006 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth
Circuit - Chief Justice Gerry Alexander
In 2006, Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander of the Washington
Supreme Court was recognized for a lifetime of service to the law
during the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He received the 2006
American Inns of Court Ninth Circuit Professionalism Award, which
recognizes a senior practicing lawyer or judge whose life and
practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity,
coupled with ongoing to the highest standards of the legal
Justice Alexander has given more than three decades of service
to the state courts of Washington. He was a judge of the superior
court for Thurston and Mason counties from 1973 through 1984, and a
judge of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, from 1985
through 1994. Voters elected him to the Washington Supreme Court in
1994. Following re-election in 2000, his colleagues on the Supreme
Court voted him to a six-year position as chief justice. He was
re-elected in 2006. Justice Alexander retired at age 75 in 2010 due
to the Court's age limit.
Justice Alexander chaired the Advisory Commission on Washington
Law Reports, the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of the State of
Washington, and the board for Judicial Administration. He is a
co-founder and board member of the Washington Courts Historical
Society. This is a well deserved award.