Charles Byron Renfrew

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BornCharles Byron Renfrew
October 31, 1928
Detroit, Michigan
DiedDecember 14, 2017 (Age 89)
Alma materPrinceton University, University of Michigan Law School
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Historical Members
PartyDemocratic Party (United States)
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California 1971-1980.

Charles Byron Renfrew was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and Deputy Attorney General 1980-1981.

Education and career

Renfrew was born in Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the United States Navy after high school in the aftermath of World War II, from 1946 to 1948. He then received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Princeton University in 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1953 and became a first lieutenant. He was a forward observer in Korea during the Korean War. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1956, thereafter entering private practice in San Francisco, California, from 1956 to 1972.[1]

Federal Judicial Service

On November 29, 1971, Renfrew was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California vacated by Judge Gerald Sanford Levin. Renfrew was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 2, 1971, and received his commission on December 9, 1971. Renfrew served in that capacity until his resignation on February 27, 1980.[1]

Post Judicial Service

Following his resignation from the federal bench, he was United States Deputy Attorney General until 1981. Renfrew was thereafter in private practice in San Francisco from 1981 to 1982. He was a vice president and counsel of the Chevron Corporation in San Francisco from 1983 to 1993. He returned to private practice in San Francisco in 1994. In 2013, he was listed as a NAFTA adjudicator.[2][3]

Renfrew has also been involved in legal organizations such as the American Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, American Judicature Society, American Law Institute, Association of General Counsel, Bar Association of San Francisco, Southwestern Legal Foundation, and Supreme Court Historical Society, and has also was President of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Chair of the International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.

Renfrew, who was also a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa fraternities, was also chairman of the General Legal Committee of theAmerican Petroleum Institute, a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony from 1974 to 1991, and then a Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1991 to 1996. In 1982 he was also active in the Council on Foreign Relations.

He died of heart failure on December 14, 2017.[4]

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