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David Lionel Bazelon, American judge. Bar: practice in Ill 1932. Recipient Isaac Ray award American Psychiatric Association, 1960.


Bazelon, David Lionel was born on September 3, 1909 in Superior, Wisconsin, United States.


Bachelor of Science in Law, Northwestern University, 1931. Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1974. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Colby College, 1966.

Doctor of Laws, Boston University, 1969. Doctor of Laws, Albert Einstein College Medicine of Yeshiva University, 1972. Doctor of Laws, University Southern California, 1977.

Doctor of Laws, Syracuse University, 1980. Doctor of Laws, Georgetown University Law Center, 1980. Doctor of Laws, University Santa Clara, 1982.

Doctor of Laws, Northeastern University School Law, 1982. Doctor of Laws, John Jay College Criminal Justice, 1982.


Assistant attorney general, United States Lands Division, 1946-1949;judge, United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, 1949-1993;chief judge, United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, 1962-1978;senior circuit judge, United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit, 1979-1993. Lecturer psychiatry Johns Hopkins University School Medicine, 1964-1993. Member of national advisory mental health council United States Public Health Service, 1967-1971.

Member United States mission on mental health, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1967. Member of advisory committee child development National Research Council, 1971-1978. Advisory board division legal, ethical and educational aspects of medicine Institute Medicine, National Academy Sciences, 1977-1978.

Member science advisory board Salk Institute Alcohol Research Center, 1979-1993. Board directors Washington School Psychiatry, National Council Crime and Delinquency.


  • Bar: practice in Ill 1932.


  • Other Work

    • Cons.: Children Today, 1973-1993.


Trustee Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Honorary fellow American Psychiatric Association (Distinguished Service award 1975), American College Legal Medicine. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences.

Member American, Federal, District of Columbia Bar associations, American Orthopsychiat. Association (president 1969-1970, director), United Nations Association (panel on human rights and United States foreign policy 1978-1979), American Correctional Association (commission on accreditation for corrections 1980-1982), Institute of Medicine of National Academy of Sciences Clubs: Cosmos.


Married Miriam M. Kellner, June 7, 1936. Children: James A., Richard Lee.

Miriam M. Kellner

James A. Bazelon

Richard Lee Bazelon