William Schwarzer, American federal judge, Died at 91


William W. Schwarzer was born on April 30, 1925 in Berlin, Germany and died on January 28, 2017.

He was a United States federal judge serving on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

He had served in the United States Army during World War II, beginning in 1943.

Schwarzer attained the rank of Second Lieutenant and was discharged in 1947.

Schwarzer received an A.B. (cum laude) at the University of Southern California in 1948, and an L.L.B. with honors from Harvard Law School in 1951, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and where he also served as a teaching fellow from 1951 to 1952.

Schwarzer entered private practice in San Francisco, California in 1952 as an associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen).

William Schwarzer became a partner at the firm in 1960 and continued with McCutchen until his appointment to the federal bench in 1976.

Schwarzer served as senior counsel to the President’s Commission on CIA Activities within the United States (better known as the Rockefeller Commission) in 1975.

On June 2, 1976, William Schwarzer was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Albert C. Wollenberg.

He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 1976, and received his commission the same day.

William Schwarzer passed away at 91 years old.