September 2018

David Bancroft joins the Northern District Historical Society special presentation “The Patricia Hearst Trial: The Local Lawyers Remember”


“The 1974 kidnapping of Patricia Hearst…culminated in an extraordinary trial held in the ceremonial courtroom of the federal courthouse in San Francisco. The principal lawyers – F. Lee Bailey for the defense and Jim Browning for the United States – confronted one another, psychiatrists, and dozens of eye witnesses … as well as the defendant herself.

Judge Orrick, whose father sentenced Hearst in 1976, will moderate a panel in that very courtroom. The lawyers and judicial clerks who worked on the case will share their recollections and discuss the issues of culpability, coercion, and duress that resonate to this day.”


  • William H. Orrick III, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California

Contributors (and their 1976 connections)

  • D. Lowell Jensen, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of California (Ret.), (former Alameda County District Attorney)
  • Robert A. James, Esq., Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco, (partner of Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Davis)
  • David P. Bancroft, Esq., Sideman & Bancroft LLP, San Francisco, (former Assistant U.S. Attorney)
  • Ralph J. Swanson, Esq., Berliner Cohen LLP, San Jose, (law clerk to Judge Carter)

October 3, 2018
4:30 – 6:00
MCLE credit available

To reserve a space, you must register online. Tickets will not be available at the door.