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Robert Ernest Keeton, American Federal judge. Bar: Texas 1941, Massachusetts 1955. Recipient Wm. B. Jones award National Institute Trial Advocacy, 1980; recipient Leon Green award University Texas Law Review, 1981, Francis Rawle award American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 1983, Samuel E. Gates litigation award American College Trial Lawyers, 1984.

Background

Keeton, Robert Ernest was born on December 16, 1919 in Clarksville, Texas, United States. Son of William Robert and Ernestine (Tuten) Keeton.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, University Texas, 1940. Bachelor of Laws, University Texas, 1941. Doctor of Juridical Science, Harvard University, 1956.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), William Mitchell College, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Lewis and Clark College, 1988.

Career

Associate firm Baker, Botts, Andrews & Wharton (and successors), Houston, 1941-1942, 45-51. Associate professor law Southern Methodist University, 1951-1954. Thayer teaching fellow Harvard University, 1953-1954, assistant professor, 1954-1956.

Professor law Harvard Law School, 1956-1973, Langdell professor, 1973-1979, associate dean, 1975-1979. Judge United States District Court Massachusetts, Boston, 1979—2003, senior judge, 2003—2006. Commissioner on Uniform State Laws from Massachusetts, 1971-1979.

Trustee Flaschner Judicial Institute, 1979-1986. Executive director National Institute Trial Advocacy, 1973-1976. Educational consultant, 1976-1979.

Member committee on court administration United States Judicial Conference, 1985-1987, member standing committee on rules, 1987-1990, chairman, 1990-1993.

Achievements

  • Bar: Texas 1941, Massachusetts 1955.

Works

Membership

Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945, PTO, 1945-1956. Fellow American Bar Foundation, member, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, State Bar Texas, American Law Institute, American Risk and Insurance Association, Chancellors, Friars, Order of Coif, Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma.

Connections

Married Elizabeth E. Baker, May 28, 1941. Children: Katherine, William Robert.

father:
William Robert Keeton

mother:
Ernestine (Tuten) Keeton

spouse:
Elizabeth E. Baker

child:
Katherine Keeton

child:
William Robert Keeton