Dorothy Wright Nelson

Personal

Birthday: 
1928
Birthplace: 
San Pedro, CA
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Prior Employment: 

Research associate fellow, University of Southern California Law School, 1953-1956
Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1954-1957
Faculty, University of Southern California Law School, 1957-1980; instructor, 1957-1958; assistant professor, 1958-1961; associate professor, 1961-1967; associate dean, 1965-1967; interim dean, 1967-1969; professor, 1967-1980; dean, 1969-1980
Adjunct professor of law, University of Southern California Law School, 1980-

Education

Name of School: 
University of California, Los Angeles
Degree: 
A.B.
Degree Year: 
1950
Name of School - Second: 

University of California Los Angeles School of Law

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. At fifty-five years old, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation. We maintain this tradition persistently, building off our past successes as we propel our school, and students, into a future of unparalleled distinction.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1953
Name of School - Third: 

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

One of the most prominent law schools in the country, USC Law offers a forward-looking, interdisciplinary legal education guided by nationally renowned professors and informed by the diversity of a friendly and collegial student body. Located in the nation's second largest city, one of the largest and most dynamic in the world, the school offers myriad opportunities to apply the law to real-world problems through partnerships with some of the world's leading companies and law firms. Through interdisciplinary academic training and practical application of skills, students acquire the experience necessary to succeed as leaders in a global environment.

Degree - Third: 
LL.M.
Degree Year - Third: 
1956

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Court Name: 

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
Jimmy Carter
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
12/20/1979
Retirement from Active Service: 
1/1/1995
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