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Judge William L. Norton, Jr. had a remarkable career as a lawyer, judge and educator, and contributed greatly to the integrity and standing of bankruptcy judges and practitioners. Highlights of his many accomplishments over a long and influential lifetime include:
Judge Norton authored several ground-breaking and revolutionary decisions, including In re Pine Gate Assocs., Ltd., 2 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 1478 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 1976) and several opinions in Chapter 11 cases holding that the Emergency Rule promulgated after the Supreme Court's decision in the Northern Pipeline Construction Co. v. Marathon Pipe Line Co., 102 S.Ct. 2858 (1982) was unconstitutional. In 1984, along with several other prominent bankruptcy judges, as the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, he helped established that the then sitting bankruptcy judges were validly continued in office under the provisions of BAFJA, and overturned the decision of the Administrative Office to stop paying bankruptcy judges.
James E. Hawes, the original author of Trademark Registration Practice, 2d, Copyright Registration Practice, 2d, Patent Application Practice, 2d and Practitioner's Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, 2016-1 ed., passed away on March 20, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California. Mr. Hawes was a founding partner of the Laguna Beach intellectual property law firm Levin & Hawes. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a law degree from George Washington University, and an MBA from Boston University. Mr. Hawes was registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Patent Office as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Ninth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is survived by his three children, a son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, a sister, and a number of cousins, and will be missed for his humor and generosity.