Ernest Friesen '46

Attorney, legal educator and author

One of Ernest Friesen’s colleagues, Judge William Dressel in the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado, said: “a number of state and federal organizations addressing the education of judges and court administrators owe their existence or the quality of their programs to the efforts of Ernie.”

After earning degrees from the University of Kansas and Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Friesen began his law career in New York and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, as a trial attorney. He soon went on to the research and teaching of court procedure and conducted training for more than three thousand judges. He assisted the Attorney General and President Lyndon Johnson in reviewing federal judicial nominees. Mr. Friesen started the Whittier College School of Law where he was dean and professor. He also was a dean and professor at the California Western School of Law in the eighties and nineties.

Mr. Friesen was elected to the American Law Institute in 1965, and was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 1968. He has assisted in facilitating education programs for judges and administrators from Maine to California. He has co-authored two books and consulted and lectured all over the world, from Canada to Egypt to Russia, as well as published numerous articles in respected law journals. He and his wife, Corleta, live in Silverthorne, CO.