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Northern District Welcomes New Judge

May 7, 2014 / Ninth Circuit Public Information Office

New District Judge Beth Labson Freeman receives the oath of office from Northern District Chief Judge Claudia Wilken

The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman, one of three new district judges appointed this year to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, was formally inducted into office on April 24, 2014, at the Phillip Burton U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.

Family, friends and colleagues old and new gathered for the special proceeding in which Judge Freeman ceremonially received the oath of office from Chief District Judge Claudia Wilken.  

Formerly the presiding judge of the San Mateo County (California) Superior Court, Judge Freeman was confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 2014, and received her judicial commission the next day.  She maintains chambers in San Jose.

Speakers at the induction ceremony included friend Mike McCurry, a former presidential press secretary; a former boss, Thomas F. Casey, III, the first county counsel for San Mateo County; and a fellow judge, the Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, the immediate past presiding judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Judge Freeman, 60, fills a new judgeship created after District Judge Jeremy Fogel was appointed director of the Federal Judicial Center on October 2, 2011.

Prior to coming onto the federal bench, Judge Freeman had served as a state court judge since 2000, and worked as a deputy county counsel for San Mateo County, from 1983 to 2000.  Earlier in her career, she was an associate at Lasky, Haas, Cohler and Munter in San Francisco, from 1981 to 1983, and at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampelman in Washington, D.C., from 1979 to 1981.

A native of Washington, D.C., Judge Freeman received her A.B. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979.  She was admitted to the Washington, D.C., Bar in 1979 and the California Bar in 1981.


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