William Fletcher


A former Rhodes scholar, William Fletcher worked for the Office of Emergency Preparedness in the Executive Office of the President from 1970 to 1972. He clerked for Judge Stanley Weigel of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and for Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 1977.

In 1992, Fletcher was the Northern California director for President Clinton’s campaign. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Michigan and the University of Cologne, and he has taught at the Salzburg Seminar on American Legal Institutions. Fletcher received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. He is the coauthor, with Professors Geoffrey Hazard and Colin Tait, of a civil procedure casebook.

In 1999, Fletcher was sworn in as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


B.A., Harvard University (1968)
B.A., Oxford University (1970)
J.D., Yale University (1975)