Born:  November 29, 1941
Los Angeles, California

Summary by
Judith S. Feigin, Esq.

Interviews Conducted by
Judith S. Feigin, Esq.

Robert E. Kopp, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


Oberlin College, B.A. 1963, magna cum laude
Harvard Law School, J.D. 1966, cum laude

Director, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Senior Executive Service), 1981-2011; Retired December 31, 2011
Acting Director, Appellate Staff, 1980-1981
Deputy Director, Appellate Staff, 1975-1981
Appellate Litigation Counsel, Appellate Staff, 1978-1981
Assistant Director, Appellate Staff, 1973-1976
Attorney, Appellate Staff, 1966-1973 (Note: the Appellate Staff was known as the Appellate Section until 1979.)

Major Honors and Awards
Department of Justice John Marshall Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy 1976
Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, 1990 (“in recognition of his outstanding career as a Federal litigator, his excellent leadership and managerial skills, and the significant impact he has made on the development of the law and the ability of each Administration to carry out its programs.”)
Distinguished Executive, Senior Executive Service, 1992, 2005
Beatrice Rosenberg Award, D.C. Bar, 2000
Stanley Rose Award, highest award of the Civil Division, 2010

Member, Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures of the D.C. Circuit, 1980-1986
Member, D.C. Circuit Special Committee on Gender, 1992-1995
Solicitor General’s representative on the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules, 1990-1997
Adjunct Professor, Howard Law School, 1996-1999
Panel member and participant in various Judicial Conferences of the D.C. Circuit.
Instructor, Department of Justice Appellate Advocacy Course (various years)
Attorney General’s Appellate Working Group, 1993-2011

Courtesy of the Kopp Family