Felix F. Stumpf, Esq. Remembered for His Many Contributions to the College

Attorney Felix Stumpf, a long-time academic employee of The National Judicial College, passed away on August 16, 2015.

Mr. Stumpf served as director of the NJC’s Academic Department from 1973 to 1984 and as academic liaison officer from November 1990 to October 1991. He later served as a project consultant and publications manager. During his tenure at the NJC he wrote Inherent Powers of the Court and Bench Trial Skills and Demeanor, two publications that are still available. He received the NJC Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001.

According to the NJC’s Chief Academic Officer Joy Lyngar, “In addition to his substantial academic contributions to the College, Felix will also be remembered as an avid gardener. Felix would regularly bring several varieties of tomato plants in the spring for staff to replant in their own gardens. In so many ways, the work that Felix started will long continue to benefit others.”

Mr. Stumpf was in private practice as an attorney from 1946 to 1953 in San Francisco, California, before becoming administrator of the California Continuing Education of the Bar, a position he held until 1970. From 1971 to 1973 Mr. Stumpf was a staff attorney for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He served as dean of the Nevada School of Law in Reno from February 1985 to August 1988, where he taught conflict of laws, civil procedure, and federal courts.

In addition to his NJC roles, he served from 1988 to 1990 as the reporter for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association’s Committee on Continuing Professional Education for its Quality Standards Project for Continuing Legal Education. In 2001, he received an Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Bar of Nevada.

In recognition of his many years of service to the NJC, the College is establishing The Felix F. Stumpf Memorial Fund. Anyone wishing to honor his service to the NJC can donate to this fund online at www.judges.org/donate or by contacting Director of Development Jeanne Hill at hill@judges.org or 775-327-8257.


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