35th Nathanson Memorial Lecture: Hon. M. Margaret McKeown

35th Nathanson Memorial Lecture: Hon. M. Margaret McKeown

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Honorable M. Margaret McKeown to Deliver the 35th Annual Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

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The University of San Diego School of Law is proud to announce that the Honorable Margaret McKeown will deliver the 35th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at USD Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Theatre (new location).

The lecture will begin at 6:00pm and will be followed by a reception at 7:00pm. Admission is free of charge for both events, but advance registration is required.

About Honorable M. Margaret McKeown

Judge McKeown was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was confirmed by the United States Senate in 1998. She attended the University of Madrid and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in 1972 and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. in 1975. She received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University in 2005. Judge McKeown was a White House Fellow in 1980-1981, 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. She was the first woman partner at Perkins Coie.

Judge McKeown is past President of the Federal Judges Association. She is currently Chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Board and the Ninth Circuit Pacific Islands Committee. 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 immediate past Chair of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School, and Jurist-in-Residence at the University of San Diego Law School. She serves on the Chief Justice’s Workplace Environment Working Group and chaired the federal Codes of Conduct Committee (ethics).

Judge McKeown has been an advisor on several international projects of the American Law Institute: Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes; International Commercial Arbitration (ongoing); and Foreign Relations Law (ongoing). She is also an advisor on the Restatement of the Law for Copyright.

Judge McKeown has lectured and taught extensively on constitutional law, international law, human rights law, intellectual property, litigation, ethics, and judicial administration in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Selected publications include “The Lost Sanctuary: Examining Sex Trafficking Through the Lens of Ah Sou” (Cornell Journal of International Law, 2008); “Happy Birthday Statute of Anne: The Dance Between the Courts and Congress” (Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 2010); “To Judge or Not to Judge: Transparency and Recusal in the Federal System,” (The Review of Litigation, 2011); “The Internet and the Constitution: A Selective Retrospective,” (Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, 2014); “Culinary Ambiguity: A Canonical Approach to Deciphering Menus,” (Harvard Journal on Legislation, 2014); and “Beginning with Brown: Springboard for Gender Equality and Social Change,” (San Diego Law Review, Fall 2015); “The ABA Rule of Law Initiative: Celebrating 25 Years of Global Initiatives (Michigan Journal of International Law, 2018).

Judge McKeown has received a number of prestigious awards, including the ABA Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award, The ABA John Marshall Award, the White House Fellows Legacy of Leadership Award, the Georgetown University John Carroll Award and Drinan Award for Public Service, the California Bar Intellectual Property Vanguard Award, the University of Wyoming Distinguished Alumnae, the Girl Scouts’ “Cool Woman” Award, and several community service awards.

Judge McKeown has been active in community and civic affairs. She has served on the national boards of Volunteers of America and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and is the past chair of the White House Fellows Foundation. She was a member of the first American expedition to Mt. Shishapangma in Tibet.

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