Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown to Take Senior Status

United States Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown has informed President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., that she will assume senior status effective upon the appointment of her successor. In her letter to President Biden dated Jan. 11, 2022, Judge McKeown noted that she was “privileged to succeed Judge Jerome Farris of Seattle in 1998” and that “It has been a great honor to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for almost 24 years.”

Judge McKeown intends “to render substantial judicial service as a senior judge,” including continuing her “engagement on workplace and ethics issues in the federal judiciary.” She added that she looks forward to doing what she can to “uphold the rule of law and to further the pursuit of equal justice under the law.” has Ninth Circuit Judge McKeown ‘Goes Senior,’ Leaving Court With 2 Future Vacancies — 
Judge M. Margaret McKeown is the fifth Ninth Circuit judge to go senior, a form of semi-retirement, since President Joe Biden took office.