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Margaret McKeown - 1972

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Judge Margaret McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1998. Previously she was a partner in the Seattle and Washington, D.C. offices of the law firm Perkins Coie. She was a White House fellow from 1980 until 1981, serving as special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior under the Carter administration.

Named one of the "50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in the United States" by the National Law Journal, McKeown earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University in 2005.

McKeown has served on the Judicial Conference of the United States Code of Conduct Committee and the American Law Institute, and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, among many other affiliations. She is also an adjunct professor at University of San Diego Law School.

McKeown serves on the boards of Volunteers of America and the Girl Scouts, which gave her its "Cool Women" award.

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Margaret McKeown is currently a judge on the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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