Faculty Biography

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown


  • JD, 1975, Georgetown University
  • BA, 1972, University of Wyoming

Areas of Expertise

Judge McKeown teaches international human rights.

Professional Experience

McKeown was a partner in the Seattle and Washington, D.C., offices of the Perkins Coie law firm, where she focused on complex litigation, intellectual property, antitrust and trade regulation. She 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. McKeown serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States Codes of Conduct Committee, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Executive Committee, and the board of the American Judicature Society. She has lectured and taught extensively on ethics, judicial administration, international law, litigation, constitutional law and intellectual property in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Honors and Affiliations

McKeown is President of the Federal Judges Association, on the board of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and chair of the ABA Latin America and Carribean Council. She serves on the Judicial Advisory Board for the American Society of International Law and the managerial board of the International Association of Women Judges. McKeown serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, for which she has advised on several international projects, including Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes; International Commercial Arbitration; and Foreign Relations Law. McKeown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Wyoming. She received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University in 2005 and is vice-chair of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors. She was a White House Fellow in 1980-81, 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. McKeown was honored by the Seattle-King County Bar Association 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 Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” Award, and the Federal Bar Association Community Service Award.

Key Works

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