M. Margaret McKeown

Jurist in Residence

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

Professional Experience

McKeown 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. She has lectured and taught extensively on intellectual property, international law, human rights law, litigation, ethics, judicial administration, and constitutional law in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Judge McKeown teaches international internet and intellectual property law.

Honors and Affiliations

McKeown is immediate past President of the Federal Judges Association and is currently Chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Board. She serves on the Council of the American Law Institute, the Executive Council for the American Society of International Law, the managerial board of the International Association of Women Judges, and the Editorial Board of Litigation Journal. She is vice-chair of the Georgetown Law of Board of Visitors and has received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown. She has been an advisor on several international projects of the American Law Institute: Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgements in Transnational Disputes; International Commercial Arbitration (ongoing); and Foreign Relations Law (ongoing). She is also as advisor on the Restatement of the Law for Copyright. McKeown has received a number of prestigious awards, including the ABA Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, the Georgetown University John Carrol Award, the Georgetown University Law Center Drinan Award for Public Service, the California Bar Intellectual Property Vanguard Award, the University of Wyoming A & S Outstanding Alumnae, the Outstanding Mentor Award from Big Sisters, the Federal Bar Association Community Service Award, and the Girl Scouts “Cool Women” Award.