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Carlos Tiburcio Bea is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003. Born to Cuban parents in San Sebastian, Spain, Bea immigrated first to Cuba and then to the U.S. While attending Stanford University, he played basketball for the varsity team as well as for the Cuban Olympic team in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Prior to his appointment as a federal judge, he ran his own law office, specializing in civil trial practice, and also served as a trial judge on the San Francisco Superior Court from 1989 to 2003. He has taught courses at Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, and lectured at Stanford Law School. Among his honors, he was named Honorary Vice Consul of Spain from 1979 to 1993 and received the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the State Bar of California, in 1989.