Morgan Christen

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Morgan Christen
Judge Morgan Christen.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Andrew Kleinfeld
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alaska
In office
April 5, 2009 – January 11, 2012
Appointed by Sarah Palin
Preceded by Warren Matthews
Succeeded by Peter J. Maassen
Personal details
Born (1961-12-05) December 5, 1961 (age 53)
Chehalis, Washington, U.S.
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle
Golden Gate University
University of Nevada, Reno

Morgan Brenda Christen (born December 5, 1961) is a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Christen previously served on the Alaska Supreme Court having been appointed on March 4, 2009 by Governor Sarah Palin to replace outgoing justice Warren Matthews.[1] The United States Senate confirmed Christen on December 15, 2011 in a 95–3 vote. She received her commission on January 11, 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Christen was born in Chehalis, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and the Golden Gate University School of Law with a J.D. in 1986. She has been a resident of Anchorage, Alaska for 18 years.

Alaska state judicial service[edit]

Christen was one of two candidates recommended by the seven-member Alaska Judicial Council to replace Justice Warren Matthews on the Alaska Supreme Court.[2] Christen was opposed by pro-life advocacy groups due to her service as a Planned Parenthood board member in the mid-1990s.[1][2] Nonetheless, on March 4, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin selected Christen to fill the vacancy on the Alaska Supreme Court.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

In July 2010, Christen confirmed that the Obama White House was considering her to fill the vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit created when Judge Andrew Kleinfeld assumed senior status.[citation needed]

On May 18, 2011, Obama nominated Christen to the vacancy on the Ninth Circuit.[3] On September 8, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported her nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote. The Senate confirmed Christen in a 95–3 vote on December 15, 2011.[4] She received her commission on January 11, 2012.[5]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Warren Matthews
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alaska
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Peter J. Maassen
Preceded by
Andrew Kleinfeld
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
2012–present
Incumbent