John Noonan

  • Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    Milo Reese Robbins Professor of Law (Emeritus)

Professor Noonan joined the Boalt faculty in 1966. Previously, he taught at Notre Dame Law School. In 1986 he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He has been president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, a Guggenheim Fellow twice, and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1985 he received the Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious award given to American Catholics.

Professor Noonan has authored Contraception; A Private Choice: Abortion in America in the Seventies; Power to Dissolve; The Scholastic Analysis of Usury; Persons and Masks of the Law; The Antelope; and Bribes. Recent books include Canons and Canonists in Context (1997); Professional and Personal Responsibilities of the Lawyer (1997); and The Lustre of our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom (1998).


A.B., Harvard University (1947)
M.A., Catholic University (1948)
Ph.D., Catholic University (1951)
LL.B., Harvard University (1954)