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P rocter Hug Jr., who captained the 9th Circuit through congressional storms that threatened to break up the largest appellate court in the nation, announced Friday he was taking senior status.

Hug, who stepped down as chief judge last year, was widely praised during his five years as chief judge for preserving the integrity of the circuit through quiet dedication and relentless persistence.

“He made people want to do what he was urging them to do,” said University of Pittsburgh School of Law professor Arthur Hellman, who has written two books on the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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