Hon. M. Margaret McKeown

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

San Diego, CA, United States

The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton and was confirmed by the United States Senate in 1998. Judge McKeown was a White House Fellow in 1980-1981, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Special Assistant at the White House. In 1993, she served as a Japan Society Leadership Fellow. Judge McKeown attended the University of Madrid and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in 1972 and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. in 1975. She received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University in 2005. After law school, Judge McKeown joined the law firm of Perkins Coie and was a partner in the Seattle and Washington, D.C. offices before joining the bench. The Seattle-King County Bar Association honored her with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award and she was named by the National Law Journal as one of “the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers” in the United States. She has received a number of other awards, including. the American Bar Association’s 2010 Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, the University of Wyoming A&S Outstanding Alumna, the Georgetown University Law Center Outstanding Alumnae Award, the Outstanding Mentor Award from Big Sisters, the Federal Bar Association Community Service Award, and the Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” Award.
Judge McKeown serves as President-elect of the Federal Judges Association and President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego. She is the Chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Latin America and Caribbean Council and past Chair of the ABA Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Judicature Society and the American Society for International Law Judicial Advisory Board and as Vice Chair of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors. Judge McKeown is the Jurist in Residence and an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego Law School. She is also a Distinguished Visitor from the Judiciary at Georgetown University Law School. She has lectured and taught extensively overseas, including China, Europe, and Latin America. She is also an author of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (West Group). She is on the board of the La Jolla Music Society.