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Judge Margaret McKeown

Judge Margaret McKeown

Judge M. Margaret McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1998. Before appointment, she was the first female partner at Perkins Coie in Seattle and Washington, DC. She holds a J.D. and an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. Judge McKeown was a White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Special Assistant at the White House, and also served as a Japan Society Leadership Fellow.

Judge McKeown serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, the board of the World Justice Project, and the Editorial Board of the Litigation Journal. She is a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Judicial Conduct and Disability Committee, former chair of the U.S. Judicial Conference Codes of Conduct Committee, and has worked extensively on workplace and ethics issues in the federal courts. She is also the author of the book, Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas—Public Advocate and Conservation Champion.

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April 18, 2023

Supreme Court Justices Behaving Badly – What Has History Taught Us? with Judge Margaret McKeown

Judge Margaret McKeown discusses her new book Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas and her research on the Supreme Court Justice’s controversial approach to advocacy both on and off...

September 7, 2022

9th Circuit judge shines light on Justice William O. Douglas’ environmental campaigns

Justice William O. Douglas could be known for his fiery opinions, turbulent personal life and longtime presidential ambitions. But Judge M. Margaret McKeown is shining a light on his groundbreaking environmental advocacy...