Judicial Profile: William Alsup

Judge Alsup not afraid to try something different

, The Recorder

Here are three important things about U.S. District Judge William Alsup: He gets to work at 5:30 a.m. He has strong feelings about class actions. He goes backpacking every summer. Nearly five years after being appointed to the federal bench, Alsup is known for his diligence. He's recognized as a thoughtful judge willing to work as hard -- or harder -- as lawyers who appear in front of him. Those same lawyers call him ¿innovative,¿ usually in reference to his handling of class actions and securities cases.