The Scion Of San Francisco: Judge William H. Orrick III

Law360, San Francisco (July 22, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT) -- Despite the remarkable fact that Judge William H. Orrick III now sits on the same bench where his late father, William Orrick Jr., once held court, the younger jurist insists that he never intended to so directly follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I think it’s very much a product of circumstance,” he says. “My father was a terrific man, who I admired hugely, but I didn’t aspire to become a judge until long after he died.”

Although the two men have traced similar career paths — from stints in the Department of Justice under idealistic Democratic presidents to judgeships on the...

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