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M. Margaret McKeown -- 1999 Outstanding Alumna
Bachelor of Arts - 1972 - International Affairs and Spanish
In 1998, President Clinton appointed and the U.S. Senate confirmed M. Margaret McKeown to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated from UW in 1972 with a B.A. in international affairs and Spanish. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law Center in 1975. Before joining the bench, the Casper native was a partner in the Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C., offices of the Perkins Coie law firm. The Seattle-King County Bar Association named her Outstanding Lawyer of the Year, and she appears on the National Law Journal list of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers." She was a White House Fellow and a Japan Society Leadership Fellow. McKeown serves on the executive committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute. She served on the Ninth Circuit Gender Bias Task Force and in the American Bar Association House of Delegates. She was an officer of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers. She is an author in the treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts and many computer and trade secrets publications. She served on the national board of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and the exe-cutive committees of the Corporate Council for the Arts and the Washington Council on International Trade. She is on the White House Fellows Foun-dation’s and the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s boards of directors. She is married to Peter F. Cowhey, a University of California at San Diego political science professor. Their daughter is named Megan.