William Fletcher

An important reform in antitrust law could be on the way

William Fletcher mentioned in CFAAC, December 4, 2018

If the Supreme Court takes this more aggressive interpretation of antitrust law, it would uphold the Ninth Circuit’s decision in this case. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Ninth Circuit is the frequent target of President Trump’s criticism. The author of the Ninth Circuit opinion was Judge William Fletcher, a former UC Berkeley law professor, and appointee of President Clinton. From indications at oral argument, Judge Fletcher is soon to be upheld by at least six justices, possibly in an opinion written by Justice Kavanaugh!

Court finds some free speech for teachers

William Fletcher quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2013

“Teaching and academic writing are at the core of the official duties of teachers and professors,” Judge William Fletcher — a former law professor at UC Berkeley, where he still teaches — said in Wednesday’s 3-0 ruling.  “Such teaching and writing are ‘a special concern of the First Amendment,'” he said, quoting a 1967 Supreme Court ruling.