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Stephen S. Trott

Stephen Trott
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
December 31, 2004
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
March 25, 1988 – December 31, 2004
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joseph Sneed
Succeeded by John Owens
Personal details
Born (1939-12-12) December 12, 1939
Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Wesleyan University
Harvard University

Stephen S. Trott (born December 12, 1939)[1] is a Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Trott was nominated for this position by President Ronald Reagan on August 9, 1987 after the seat held by Joseph Tyree Sneed, III became vacant. "He reportedly turned down the opportunity to be nominated for FBI director, preferring the Ninth Circuit vacancy instead."[2] On March 24, 1988, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and received his commission the following day. He took senior status on December 31, 2004.

Trott was educated at Wesleyan University during his adolescent years. As a freshman at Wesleyan, Trott was an early member of the folk music group The Highwaymen.[3] He later graduated from Harvard Law School. Before receiving the Court of Appeals position, Trott had worked at several political and law locations throughout the United States. He had served as United States Attorney for the Central District of California from 1981–83. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division from 1983–86, and Associate Attorney General from 1986–88.[4]

External links

  • Stephen Trott '62 and The Highwaymen at Wesleyan (video) on the site of Wesleyan University


  1. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges: Stephen S. Trott". Federal Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
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  3. ^ "The Highwaymen". Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Trott biodata". Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Arnold Burns
United States Associate Attorney General
Succeeded by
Frank Keating
Preceded by
Joseph Sneed
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Succeeded by
John Owens
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