- Still active at 90, federal appeals judge is honored for creating group to help homeless veterans
Still active at 90, federal appeals judge is honored for creating group to help homeless veterans
Posted Nov 11, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
It isn't just in the courtroom that a 90-year-old federal appeals court judge has been a dynamo.
Judge Harry Pregerson, who has not taken senior status and is perhaps the longest-serving judge in the history of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was also a driving force behind a growing organization to help struggling military veterans. The judge himself is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, wounded in service in the South Pacific. Troubled by the number of homeless veterans, he called a meeting of Los Angeles veterans, resulting in the creation 20 years ago of the group now known as U.S. VETS, writes Steve Lopez in a column for the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.).
The group, which helps veterans with housing and provides support services and job-finding assistance, now has 11 sites nationally. Last month, a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives honored Pregerson and others involved in creating U.S. VETS. He was also active in establishing a "homeless court," noted a press release from the U.S. Courts in 2001.
A 1992 profile in the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) provides further details about Pregerson. He was appointed to the court of appeals on Nov. 2, 1979, according to a 9th Circuit seniority list, and is known for calling it as he sees it, both on and off the bench.