John T. Noonan

Hon. John T. Noonan Jr.
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Address: The James R. Browning Courthouse
95 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 355-8000
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Circuit Judge, since December 27, 1996

Appointed 1985 by Ronald Reagan
Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1954
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1954
Law Review: Harvard University Law Review

Cambridge University Faculty Board of Law The Old Schools, Cambridge, England, 1947

Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, 1949

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1946

Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, 1951

Published Works:
American Journal of Jurisprudence, (Editor - 1961-1969)

American Journal of Jurisprudence, (Editorial Board - 1969-Present)

Law and Society Review, (Editorial Board - 1972-Present)

Human Life Review, (Editorial Board - 1973-1985)

The Scholastic Analysis of Ursury, 1957

Contraception: A History of its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, 1965

Power to Dissolve: Lawyers and Marriages in the Courts of the Roman Curia, 1970

The Morality of Abortion, 1970

Persons and Masks of the Law, 1977

The Antelope, 1977

The Private Choice: Abortion in American in the Seventies, 1979

Bribes, 1984

The Believer and The Powers That Are: Cases, History and Other Inter Bearing on the Relation of Religion to Government, 1987

Natural Law, the Teaching of the Church and the Regulation of the Rhythm of Human Fertility, 25 Am. J. Juris 16, 1980

The Responsible Judge: Readings in Judicial Ethics, 1993

The Supreme Court and Abortion: Upholding Constitutional Principles, 10 Hastings Center Rep. 14, 1980

Liberal Laxists, 6 Hum. Life Rev. 32, Winter, 1980

The True Paucapalea? Proceedings of the Fifth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law at 157, 1980

The Experience of Pain by the Unborn, (in T. Hilgers, et al. ed.s), New Perspectives on Human Abortion at 205, 1981

The Catholic Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 67 Cath. Hist. Rev. 369, 1981

The Obvious Facts and the Priorities Before Us, 7 Hum. Life Rev. 20, Spring, 1981

The Right of Abortion Funding, 7 Hum. Life Rev. 52, Winter, 1981

Other People's Morals: The Lawyer's Conscience, 48 Tenn. L. Rev. 227, 1981

Presidential Address: The Role and Responsibility of the Moral Philosopher, 56 Proceedings of the Am. Cath. Philosophical A. 1, 1982

The Balanced Budget - The States Call for a Convention, (in R. Wagner, et al, eds) Balanced Budgets, Fiscal Responsibility, and the Constitution, at 87, 1982

Agency, Bribery and Redemption in Thomas Aquinas, 49 Recherches de Theologie Ancienne et Medievale 159, Louvain, 1982

The Bribery of Warren Hastings: The Setting of a Standard for Integrity in Administration, 10 Hofstra L. Rev. 4, 1982

American Catholics and the Intellectual Life, 31 Cross Currents 433, Winter, 1981-1982

On the Priority of Life (in J. Bland ed), The Pastoral Vision of John Paul II (at 151), 1982

Gential Good, Communio (at 45), 1982

The Hatch Amendment and the New Federalism, 6 Harv. J. on L. and Pub. Pol'y 93, 1982

A Prohibition Without a Purpose: Laws That are Not Norms? A Rejoinder to Professor Boyle, 27 Am. J. Juris 14, 1982

The Moral Life of Catholics, Motionless, Declining, Improving, or Merely Different? Cath. Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Ann. (at 14), 1982

The Monkey and the Bear, Atti del Simposio Internazionale Cateriniano-Bernardiniano (at 657), Siena, 1982

The Akron Case, 9 Hum. Life Rev. 5, Summer, 1983

Bribery, Encyclopedia of Crime and Just., 1983

Christian Tradition and the Control of Human Reproduction, (Transcript), J. of Christian Jurisprudence 1, 1983

The Root and Branch of Roe v. Wade, (Transcript of Symposium), 63 Neb. L. Rev. 668, 1984

Cannibalism and the Common Law: The Story of the Tragic Last Voyage of the Mignoette and the Strange Legal Proceedings to Which it Gave Rise, 63 Tex. L. Rev. 749, 1984

Calling for a Constitutional Convention, Nat'l Rev., July 26, 1985

Religion and the Law, 33 Am. J. of Comp. Law 765, 1985

Book Review, International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law: Persons and Family, the Family in Religious and Customary Laws, 33 Am. J. of Comp. Law 527

Book Review, Law's Empire, 99 L.A. Daily Journal 816, 1986

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University, 1961 - 1963

Professor, Notre Dame University, 1963 - 1966

Visiting Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, 1966

Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1966 - 1986

Chairman, Program in Religious Studies, university of California, Berkeley, 1969 - 1972

Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University, 1970

Visiting Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1974

Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, 1989

Honors and Awards:
Senator, United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, 1970 - 1976

Guggenheim Fellow, 1965-1966, 1979-1980

The Catholic University of America Alumni Achievement Award, 1971

Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 1973 - 1974

St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, St. Thomas More Award, 1974

LL.D., University of Santa Clara, 1974

LL.D., University of Notre Dame, 1976

LL.D., Loyola University of the South, 1977

LL.D., Catholic University of America, 1980

LL.D., Holy Cross College, 1980

LL.D., St. Louis University, 1981

LL.D., Seton Hall University, 1982

University of Windsor, Christian Culture Medal, 1975

Gonzaga University Law Medal, 1975

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1976

University of San Francisco, St. Thomas More Medal, 1977

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1980

University of Notre Dame, Laetare Medal, 1984

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Ford Foundation, Indonesian Legal Fellowships Program, 1969

The Population Council, 1969 - 1976

Cannon Law Society of America, 1969
Member, Committee on Due Process

Graduate Theological Union, 1970 - 1973

University of San Francisco, 1970 - 1975

Institute for Research and Study in Medieval Canon Law, 1970 - 1980

Institute for Research and Study in Medieval Canon Law, 1970 - 1980

Institute for Research and Study in Medieval Canon Law, 1970 - 1980

Canon Law Society of America, 1970 - 1972

Ford Foundation/Rockefeller Foundation, 1971
Competition for Studies in Population Policy, Final Judge

Public Interest Law Center, 1973 - 1978

American Academy in Rome, 1980
Final Judge, Rome Fellowships

Massachusetts Citizens for Eisenhower, 1956

American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy, 1962 - 1964
Vice President

American Academy of Law Schools, 1975 - Present
Member, Executive Committee on Law and Religion

St. John's University, 1977 - 1983
Member, Visiting Committee

The Thomas More and Jacques Maritain Institute, 1977 - Present

Harvard University, 1980 - 1986
Visiting Committee on the Divinity School

Harvard University, 1991 - Present

National Endowment for the Humanities, 1973 - 1975

National Institute of Health, 1973

Presidential Commission on Population and the American Future, 1972

Brookline Redevelopment Authority, 1958 - 1962

Past Employment Positions:
Herrick & Smith, Boston, Massachusetts, 1955 - 1960

National Security Council, Washington, District of Columbia, Special Staff / Assistant to Robert Cutler, 1954 - 1955

Boston, Massachusetts, Private Practice, 1955 - 1960

Notre Dame Law School, Associate Professor of Law, 1961 - 1963

Notre Dame Law School, Professor of Law, 1963 - 1966

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Professor of Law, 1966 - 1986

Phi Beta Kappa
Birth Information:
1926, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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