Senior Judge Procter Hug Jr. and  State Bar President Larry Digesti.Senior Judge Procter Hug Jr. received the Bar’s Presidential Award for 2016 at a special presentation at the Washoe Bar Association Wendnesay June 8 at Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino.
Currently a senior judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Hug served on the Ninth Circuit for 24 years, marking his career as one of the longest-serving active circuit judges in the nation. Hug fought tirelessly over the course of several decades to represent the Ninth Circuit’s desires to avoid a split, in particular, during his time as chief judge.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts praised Hug in a letter sent for the occasion.
“This fitting presentation recognizes that your wisdom, integrity, and civic commitment represent the highest standards of the legal profession,” Roberts wrote.
The State Bar of Nevada’s Presidential Award is presented annually to a bar member practicing 20 years or more whose conduct, honesty and integrity represents the highest standards of the legal profession. Award recipients are those who inspire by example, advance the administration of justice, and bring honor and integrity to the profession.