Every year, the George C. Young American Inn of Court presents the James G. Glazebrook Professionalism and Service Award to a jurist with an outstanding combination of professionalism, integrity, and service. This year, Judge Robert Egan received the award from the outgoing president of the Inn, Judge Margaret Schreiber.
Judge Egan has been with the Inn nearly as long as he has been a part of the Ninth Circuit. He began his time on the bench in 2008 after 15 years as a trial attorney, then became a member of the Inn the following year. As a member, he has consistently participated in pupilage groups, mentored lawyers, and served as a speaker. His time and service to the Inn show a deep dedication to their goal of fostering a sense of family, promoting professionalism, and expanding one’s knowledge.
Judge Egan’s commitment doesn’t stop at the Inn. He continuously supports the legal community and community-at-large as well. In 2017, he and Judge Bob LeBlanc created “Brown Bagging with the Bobs” – a free educational luncheon series offering CLE credits to attorneys. While the series has evolved over the years, Judge Egan has remained the one constant, working with Judge Tanya Davis Wilson in its most recent iteration before the pandemic put the project on hold. Judge Egan also created the Exhibit A Art Challenge as a way for the courts to connect with Orange County students and for students to express themselves through the arts. He has also chaired the Ninth's long-standing educational series - "Inside the Courts" - since 2018 and often hosts elementary classes in his courtroom.
Judge Egan exemplifies what a jurist with a strong sense of professionalism, integrity, and service looks like. He keeps surprising us with new ways to connect with the public and promote a better understanding of the law every day. Few embody the purpose of this award quite like him.
Congratulations Judge Egan!