About Us & the 9th Circuit

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (NJCHS) was founded in 1985. Its mission is to preserve and promote the vibrant history of the law in the Ninth Circuit, and to raise awareness of the important role that the judicial system plays in our society.

Our organization takes its name from the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, the court circuit that adjudicates federal law in nine western states and the Pacific Islands--Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

Governed by a Board of Directors, the NJCHS serves over 2,000 members, the legal profession, historians, court personnel, school children, and the general public. Programs and activities include:

  • Western Legal History, our scholarly journal
  • Our Oral History Program, recording the life stories of judges and other prominent members of the legal profession
  • Traveling Exhibit Program, displaying exhibits in courthouses, law schools, and other venues throughout the Circuit.
  • Programming on topics relevant to court history in the Ninth Circuit.

Join the NJCHS and be a part of history!

Member benefits include:

  • Subscription to our flagship publication Western Legal History and Special recognition in the Honor Roll of Members published in it each edition.
  • Discounts on books published by the NJCHS and others.
  • Invitations to events and our annual Gala.

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