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Remembering DeGiacomo

15 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2008 Last revised: 20 Oct 2017

Kevin K. Washburn

University of New Mexico - School of Law


Robert DeGiacomo was a remarkable federal judge who began his career in Boston, Massachusetts after graduating from both Boston College and its law school. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific in World War II, as an Assistant City Attorney in Boston, and as Bar Counsel in Massachusetts from 1974 to 1979. From 1980 to 1986, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Massachusetts, until leaving the bench for health reasons. After having recovered, Judge DeGiacomo resumed the bench in the District of New Mexico, serving from 1995 to 2002. Upon retirement, he moved to Vashon Island, Washington, outside of Seattle. Judge DeGiacomo passed away in March of 2007. These are some recollections of him by Professor Kevin Washburn, a former federal prosecutor who appeared regularly before Judge DeGiacomo in New Mexico and grew to admire him greatly.

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Washburn, Kevin K., Remembering DeGiacomo. New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 38, Winter 2008; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 08-24. Available at SSRN:

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