Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

William H. Orrick: A Life in Public Service: California Politics, the Kennedy Administration, and the Federal Bench

Interviewee(s):
Orrick, William H.
Interviewer(s):
Van Nest, Robert
Title:
William H. Orrick: A Life in Public Service: California Politics, the Kennedy Administration, and the Federal Bench
Abstract:
Service in Army Counterintelligence Corps; practice with Orrick law firm, 1941-1961; California Democratic politics in 1950s; campaigning for Pat Brown, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson; Kennedy Administration, 1960-1965; Department of Justice, civil division: New Haven railroad bankruptcy, Bahia de Nipe incident, New York longshoremens' strike, civil rights protest in Alabama; U.S. State Department: Cuban missile crisis, communications system, problems of a bureaucracy, selection of ambassadors; Antitrust Division, and antitrust lawyers; law practice and community service, San Francisco, 1965-1974: San Francisco Opera Association presidency, Eisenhower Commission on Violence, Crime Commission; judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 1974 to present: Patty Hearst sentencing, Hell's Angels trial, school desegregation, county jail conditions.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
1987 1988
Project:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Oskicat record:
b10886677
Rights:
Orrick, William H. "William H. Orrick: A Life in Public Service: California Politics, the Kennedy Administration, and the Federal Bench." Interview by Robert Van Nest in 1987 and 1988. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.