What were you doing when you were 31? Judge Michael Daly Hawkins was already Arizona's U.S. attorney. He slowed down after that, putting in another 14 years in private practice before President Clinton nominated him to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1994, when he was 49. Hawkins has written several big opinions, including Rucker v. Davis which overturned the government's "one-strike" policy of evicting tenants for family members' drug use.
On The Bench
Judicial Profile: Michael Daly Hawkins
October 14, 2003