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William K. Nakamura Courthouse1010 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse 125 South Grand Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 229-7250
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (Main Office) The James R. Browning Courthouse 95 7th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 355-8000
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit The Pioneer Courthouse 700 SW 6th Ave., Ste. 110 Portland, OR 97204 (503) 833-5311
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