Monday, July 30, 2007

Morgan v. Gonzales (9th Cir. - July 26, 2007)

Compare how Pete Dunbar gets remembered in the F.3d.

It's in a case that only tangentially mentions him, in the following line: "In March 1983, then-U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Pete Dunbar authorized a writtenrequest to the Helena, Montana, office of the INS to transfer Morgan’s case from the San Diego Office of the INS." But immediately following Dunbar's name, Judge Thomas drops a footnote, the text of which is as follows:

"We note with regret the death of former U.S. Attorney Byron H. “Pete” Dunbar on June 5, 2007. His lifetime of public service culminated in his appointment as U. S. Attorney for the District of Montana in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. He served with great distinction in that position until 1990."

Pretty nice, huh? Especially since it's totally gratuitous. It's a very nice thing to do for someone. And, in truth, not that surprising, either. Since Montana is a very small legal community, and Judge Thomas, who wrote the opinion, is a huge part of that community, having been in private practice in Billings from 1978 (after graduating from Montana State and Montana Law) until he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit in 1995.

A good way to be remembered.