Laurence H. Silberman

Hon. Laurence H. Silberman
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
Address: E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Fifth Floor, Room 5205
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 216-7353
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Judge Silberman was appointed United States Circuit Judge in October 1985, and took senior status on November 1, 2000. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957 and Harvard Law School in 1961. He has been a partner in law firms in Honolulu and Washington, D.C., as well as a banker in San Francisco. He served in government as an attorney in the NLRB's appellate section, Solicitor of the Department of Labor from 1969 to 1970, Undersecretary of Labor from 1970 to 1973, Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1974 to 1975, and Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1975 to 1977. From 1981 to 1985, he served as a member of the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament and the Department of Defense Policy Board. He was appointed by the Chief Justice to a term (1996 to 2003) as a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's Review Panel. He also served as Co-Chairman (2004 to 2005) of the President's Intelligence Commission. He was an Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1987 to 1994 and in 1997 and 1999, at NYU from 1995 to 1996, and at Harvard in 1998. He is now the Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law Center.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since November 1, 2000

Appointed 1985 by President Reagan
Bar Admissions:
Hawaii, 1962
District of Columbia, 1974
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1957

Published Works:
Yugoslavia's "Old" Communism: Europe's Fiddler on the Roof, Foreign Policy 26, 1977

Human Rights: The Force Behind Foreign Policy, Washington Post, March 12, 1977

No Recognition of Cuba and Vietnam Now, New York Times, April 25, 1977

Exposing Academia's Anti-Right Bias, Washington Post, June 7, 1977

Whose Job Grab Do You Hiss?, Washington Star, July 23, 1977

The Road to Racial Quotas, Wall Street Journal, August 11, 1977

Carter Diplomacy: Pawned to Panama, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 21, 1977

Tuition Relief: A Boon to Public Schools, as Well, Washington Post, March 4, 1978

Will Lawyering Strangle Democratic Capitalism?, 2 Regulation 2, 1978

Titoism and Beyond, Wilson Q., Spring, 1978

More Democracy, Less Law, Evening Bulletin, May 29, 1978

If Not the Best, at Least Not the Worst, 1 Commonsense 1, 1978

Bureaucratic Behavior, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 11, 1978

Toward Presidential Control of the State Department, Foreign Affairs, Spring, 1979

Policy Analysis: Boon or Curse for Politicians?, American Enterprise Institute, 1980

El Salvador is Not Vietnam, Los Angeles Times, March 4, 1981

AWACS and the Anti-Semites, Washington Post, October 23, 1981

What Kind of Source?, Dartmouth College 25th Reunion Book, 1982

Chevron - The Intersection of Law and Policy, 58 George Washington L.Rev. 821, June, 1990

The American Bar Association and Judicial Nominations, 59 George Washington L.Rev. 1092, June, 1991

The Clarence Thomas Confirmation: A Retrospective, 23 Cumberland L.Rev. 141, 1992

A Review of Order and Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution by Prof. Charles Fried, 42 Harvard Law Bulletin 14, June, 1991

Will Lawyering Strangle Democratic Capitalism?: A Retrospective, 21 Harv. J.L. & Pub.Pol'y 607, 1998

The D.C. Circuit Task Force on Gender, Race, and Ethnic Bias: Political Correctness Rebuffed, 19 Harv. J.L. & Pub.Pol'y 759, 1996

Symposium: Feminism, Sexual Distinctions, and the Law - Introduction, 18 Harv. J.L. & Pub.Pol'y 501, 1995

Insurance Activities, Securities Activities, and Commercial Paper, Practicing Law Institute, Corporate Law and Practice Course Handbook Series, 468 PLI/Corp 39, 1984

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1987 - 1994

Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997

Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 1999

Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, New York University School of Law, 1995 - 1996

Adjunct Professor of Administrative Law, Harvard University School of Law, 1998

Lecturer, Labor Law and Legislation, University of Hawaii, 1962 - 1963

Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary, Georgetown University Law Center

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Arms Control and Disarmament, 1981 - 1985
Member of the General Advisory Committee

Department of Defense Policy Board, 1981 - 1985
Member of the General Advisory Committee

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's Review Panel

President's Intelligence Commission, 2004 - 2005

Hawaii Bar Association

Association of the Former United States Attorneys

Past Employment Positions:
Morrison & Foerster, Washington, District of Columbia, Partner, 1983 - 1985

Crocker National Bank, Executive Vice President, 1979 - 1983

Yugoslavia Ambassador, 1975 - 1977

Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General, 1974 - 1975

Steptoe & Johnson, Partner, 1973 - 1974

Department of Labor, Undersecretary of Labor, 1970 - 1973

Department of Labor, Solicitor, 1969 - 1970

National Labor Relations Board, Office of General Counsel Enforcement Division, Attorney, 1967 - 1969

Moore, Torkildson & Rice (Moore, Silberman & Schultze), Associate and Partner, 1961 - 1967

Army Reserve, Private, 1957 - 1958

Birth Information:
1935, York, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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