Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will receive the 2019 John Marshall Award at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August. The award is presented by the ABA Judicial Division and the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System.
The John Marshall Award recognizes individuals who are responsible for extraordinary improvements to the administration of justice in judicial independence, justice system reform or public awareness of the justice system.
McKeown is nationally recognized for her work on gender issues, judicial ethics and international rule of law. She practiced law in Seattle and Washington, D.C., and currently lives in San Diego. She was the first female partner of the law firm Perkins Coie and was appointed to the Ninth Circuit in 1998.
When the #metoo issue hit the judiciary, McKeown was appointed to lead the Ninth Circuit Task Force on the Workplace. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts later named her to the national Workplace Environment Working Group.
McKeown is former president of the Federal Judges Association, where she was a leader in the successful pay restoration effort for federal judges. She is former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements.
Internationally, McKeown chairs the board of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and previously chaired the Latin America Council. She has participated in many judicial independence and judicial reform initiatives around the world. Domestically, she chaired the federal Codes of Conduct Committee and was a member of the ABA commission that redrafted the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
McKeown will receive the John Marshall Award at a Friday, Aug. 9 luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Tickets are available here.
- ABA Journal: Column by Judge McKeown on threats to human rights and rule of law around the world
- ABA Journal: McKeown opinion calls on President and Congress to solve problem of unrepresented immigrant children
- 2015 profile of Judge McKeown from The Federal Lawyer
- Past recipients of the John Marshall Award