Joseph Tyree Sneed III (July 21, 1920 – February 9, 2008) was a
Deputy Attorney General and then a member of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for nearly 35 years until his
death. He was the father of Carly Fiorina, a former
Hewlett-Packard and 2016 Republican Presidential Primary candidate.
1 Early life
2.2 Judicial service
3 Personal life
7 External links
Joseph Tyree Sneed III was born on July 21, 1920 in Calvert,
Texas. He was the son of Cara Carlton (Weber) and Harold Marvin
Sneed, a rancher and landowner. He spent his youth working
summers as a cowboy on his uncle's ranch in the Texas Panhandle.
Sneed earned his undergraduate degree from
Southwestern University in
1941. He served as a
Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during
World War II. Sneed attended the University of Texas School of Law,
where he received his LL.B.,
Order of the Coif in 1947. He was
also a visiting student at the
London School of Economics
London School of Economics and the
University of Ghana. He subsequently received a Doctor of Juridical
Science degree from
Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School in 1958.
Sneed was an assistant professor of law at the University of Texas
School of Law from 1947 to 1951. He became an associate professor
in 1951 and was made a full professor in 1954. He taught at the
University of Texas until 1957.
Sneed was a professor of law at
Cornell Law School
Cornell Law School from 1957 to 1962,
followed by the
Stanford Law School
Stanford Law School from 1962 to 1971. He was
professor of law and dean of the
Duke University School of Law
Duke University School of Law from
1971 to 1973.
Sneed was nominated by President
Richard Nixon to a seat vacated by
Frederick G. Hamley on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 25,
1973. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1973, and
received his judicial commission on August 24, 1973. He served as an
active judge of the court until taking senior status on July 21, 1987.
Sneed ruled in favor of three-strikes law; LGBT employment
discrimination; and the eviction of substance abusers by their
landlords. He was part of a three-judge panel that replaced
Whitewater special prosecutor Robert B. Fiske with
Kenneth Starr in
Sneed married Madelon Juergens Sneed in 1944. She was a portrait
and abstract artist who died in 1998. Together they had a son and
two daughters, including Carly Fiorina. They resided in San
Sneed died in
San Francisco at the age of 87 
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Joseph Tyree Sneed III at the Biographical Directory of Federal
Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
New York Times coverage of Whitewater
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Ralph E. Erickson
U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Served under: Richard Nixon
Frederick George Hamley
Judge of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Stephen S. Trott