Hon. Carlos T. Bea

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Judge Bea was born in San Sebastian, Spain, to Cuban parents.  He attended elementary school in Havana and Los Angeles, and high school in Los Angeles.  He received both his B.A. (in 1956) and J.D. (in 1958) from Stanford University.  While at Stanford, Judge Bea played basketball for the Cuban Olympic team in the XV Olympiad at Helsinki, Finland (1952), the Real Madrid team (1953, 1955), and the Stanford Varsity team (1953-56).  He became a naturalized citizen in 1958, shortly before he commenced practice in San Francisco with Dunne, Dunne & Phelps, where he served as an associate and then partner.  In 1975, Judge Bea started his own law office, which specialized in civil trial practice.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), having tried more than a hundred cases to verdict.      

Judge Bea has taught courses in civil litigation advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, and as a Lecturer at Law at Stanford Law School.  He has lectured on trial practice subjects for the Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Judges Association, The Rutter Group, and the San Francisco Bar Association.  Judge Bea has also lectured in Brazil, Chile, and Central American nations for the United States Information Agency.

In 1989, Governor George Deukmejian appointed Judge Bea to the San Francisco Superior Court, and he successfully withstood electoral challenge in 1990.  He was re-elected again in 1996 and 2002 without opposition.  During his service on the Superior Court, Judge Bea was appointed by the California Supreme Court to the Judicial Council of California’s Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness in the Courts.  He was also the host and writer for a weekly television segment on the Spanish-language Six O’Clock News entitled “Conozca la Ley” (Learn the Law), which was broadcast on San Francisco’s KDTV-Channel 14 from 1995-1997, and he was a columnist on the same subject for the San Jose Mercury News. 

In 1989, Judge Bea received the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the State Bar of California for his work on pro bono immigration matters.  Judge Bea was named Honorary Vice Consul of Spain from 1979-1993, and he received three decorations from the King of Spain and the Spanish government in recognition of his services.

President George W. Bush nominated Judge Bea to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in April 2003, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in September 2003.  His chambers are in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife Louise.  They have four grown sons.

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Publications and Multimedia
Debate—State Blaine Amendments - Event Audio/Video
2017 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 06, 2017
Originalism and the First Amendment - Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Federalism and Religious Liberty - Event Audio/Video
2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 17, 2016
Ten Years of the Roberts Court - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2015
Government Regulation in the Sharing Economy - Event Audio
2015 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 10, 2015
Who Defines International Law? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
An Interview with Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese - Event Audio
2014 Annual Western Chapters Conference
February 03, 2014
Competitive versus Cooperative Federalism - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Internet Search, Antitrust and Speech - Event Audio/Video
The Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group, the Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group, and the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
January 09, 2013
The Rule of Law and the Administrative State - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 02, 2012
Antitrust Enforcement and Price Squeeze - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Business Law in Mexico
October 20, 2011
Mexico's New Class Action Law - Event Audio/Video
The Future of Business Law in Mexico
October 20, 2011
Affirmative Action in the Obama Era - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
International Law and Indian Law - Event Audio/Video
Third Annual Western Conference
January 24, 2009
Regulation of Judicial Conduct - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Contemporary Themes in Direct Democracy - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Western Conference
February 23, 2008
Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
Judicial Independence - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2006