Kim McLane Wardlaw
|Kim McLane Wardlaw|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit|
Assumed office |
August 3, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||John Clifford Wallace|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California|
December 26, 1995 – August 3, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||David Vreeland Kenyon|
|Succeeded by||Percy Anderson|
Kim Anita Mclane|
July 2, 1954
San Francisco, California
University of California, Los Angeles (A.B.)|
UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
Kim McLane Wardlaw (born July 2, 1954) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is the first Hispanic American woman to be appointed to a federal appeals court. Mclane Wardlaw was considered as a possible candidate to be nominated by Barack Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Wardlaw worked as a law clerk for Judge William P. Gray of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and a legal extern for Judge Joseph Tyree Sneed III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Wardlaw joined the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers in 1980 as an associate, and worked at the firm for sixteen years, the final ten as a partner in the litigation department.
Wardlaw volunteered for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in California during the 1991–1992 election season, and later served on the Clinton-Gore presidential transition team, working with the United States Department of Justice. She was an elected delegate from the California's 27th congressional district to the 1992 Democratic National Convention. In 1993, Wardlaw served on the Executive Committee on Debate Preparation for Richard Riordan's campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles. After volunteering for Riordan's successful campaign, she worked as his Government Liaison during the mayoral transition.
Federal judicial service
President Clinton nominated Wardlaw to the United States District Court for the Central District of California on August 10, 1995. The Judiciary Committee unanimously approved her nomination, and the Senate confirmed Wardlaw on December 22, 1995, by unanimous consent. She received her judicial commission on December 26, 1995. She served on the district court until her elevation.
Clinton nominated Wardlaw to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on January 27, 1998. The Judiciary Committee approved her nomination 17-1, and the Senate again confirmed her nomination by unanimous consent on July 31, 1998. She received her judicial commission on August 3, 1998.
Wardlaw's father is of Scotch-Irish descent and her mother, Soledad Jiménez, was Mexican American.
Mclane Wardlaw established the Soledad Jiménez Mclane Scholarship Fund, in honor of her mother, for disadvantaged Latino children in the San Gabriel Valley at the Mayfield School, in Pasadena, California.
- "2010 Women of Excellence Award" by YMCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
- "2010 La Raza Alumna of the Year Award" by UCLA La Raza Law Students Association
- "2009 Ernestine Stalhut Award" by Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
- "2008 Judicial Award" by Hispanic National Bar Foundation
- "2005 Maynard Toll Award for Distinguished Public Service" by Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation
- "2004 Alumni of the Year Award for Public and Community Service" by UCLA Law School
- "2001 Professional Achievement Award" by Mexican American Bar Foundation
- "2000 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Mount St. Mary's College
- "1995 Buddy Award" by National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund
- "1995 100 Most Prominent Business Attorneys in Los Angeles County" by Los Angeles Business Journal
- "1993 Top 25 Lawyers Under 45" by California Law Business Journal
- "Umpires, Empathy, and Activism: Lessons from Judge Cardozo", 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1629 (2010)
- "Introduction", 40 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 293 (2010)
- "Access to State-Owned Communications Media—The Public Forum Doctrine" (Comment), 26 UCLA L. Rev. 1410 (1979)
- "Profile: Judge Kim Wardlaw".
- Jess Bravin, Barack Obama: The Present Is Prologue, The Wall Street Journal (October 7, 2008).
- Manu Raju, Feinstein pushes two Hispanic judges, Politico (May 12, 2009).
- "Wardlaw, Kim McLane - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "Recent Case: Ninth Circuit Holds That "Involuntary" Conduct Cannot Be Punished" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. 120: 829. 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- "First Women Series: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw".
- "Mayfield Junior School Annual Report 2014-2015".
David Vreeland Kenyon
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
John Clifford Wallace
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit