71 Denv. U. L. Rev. 33 (1993-1994)
The Honorable John P. Moore, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

handle is hein.journals/denlr71 and id is 47 raw text is: TnE HONORABLE JOHN P. MOORE, UNITED STATES
COURT OF APPEALS, TENTH CIRCUIT
Domis G. KAPLAN*
In its innocence, the P interposed between John and Moore offers
no particular insight into the bearer's identity. Unmasked, however, the
P stands for Porfilio, the essential link to John Moore's heritage, the
essence of his character, and his love of good food and music. More im-
portantly, it explains his otherwise cryptic musing that if he hadn't been a
judge, he would have sung opera at the Met.
While one can only speculate about his operatic career, concrete and
enduring accomplishments mark his tenure with the federaljudiciary. To
the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals' bench, he brings experience from
private practice, state government, the United States Bankruptcy Court
and the United States District Court As if this were not sufficient, his
presence is an amalgam of all those straight paths and turns in the process
of his personal growth.
'Born in Denver, Colorado, on October 14, 1934, John Carbone
Porfilio was raised by his mother, Caroline, after his father, Edward, a
pharmacist, died suddenly before John's sixth birthday. In 1948, his
mother married Robert M. Moore, who adopted John and ostensibly hy-
bridized his Italian heritage with that of the fair nation of Ireland.
Moore graduated from the Colorado Military Academy in 1952 and
attended Stanford University, majoring in chemistry in anticipation of a
career in medicine. In 1954, however, after transferring to the University
of Denver, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemis-
try with minors in physics and zoology, two events changed his direction.
Dr. Zeiner, a member of the Zoology Department and his advisor,
summoned Moore during the Spring quarter of his senior year and forth-
rightly counseled his student that he was not dedicated enough to finish
medical school and should step aside for another who was. As Judge
Moore recalls, I was blessed with an advisor who was smarter than I and
who knew me better than I knew myself.
The second event, according to Judge Moore, was enrolling in Dr.
Otto Freitag's course, The Constitution and American Government. In-
trigued by both the subject matter and the professor, Moore recognized
his career plans had been permanently altered. To this day, Judge Moore
credits these two teachers with redirecting his course from one for which
he was purportedly unsuited to one destined to be the perfect fit.
* Doris G. Kaplan (BA, summa cum laude, University of Rochester 1967,J. D. Uni-
versity of Oklahoma 1983) has served as Permanent Senior Law Clerk to Judge John P.
Moore since 1985.

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