Kim McLane Wardlaw

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Kim McLane Wardlaw
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
August 3, 1998
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn Clifford Wallace
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
In office
December 26, 1995 – August 3, 1998
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byDavid Vreeland Kenyon
Succeeded byPercy Anderson
Personal details
Born
Kim Anita McLane

(1954-07-02) July 2, 1954 (age 65)
San Francisco, California
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)William Wardlaw
Children2
MotherSoledad Jiménez McLane
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (A.B.)
UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationJudge

Kim McLane Wardlaw (born July 2, 1954) is a United States Federal 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.[1] Wardlaw was considered as a possible candidate to be nominated by Barack Obama to the Supreme Court of the United States.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

In 1954, Wardlaw was born as Kim Anita McLane in San Francisco, California. Wardlaw's father was a salesman of Scotch Irish lineage. Wardlaw's mother was Soledad Jiménez McLane, an American accountant of Mexican descent.[1][4][5]

Education[edit]

In 1976, Wardlaw earned a bachelor's degree in communications, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from UCLA. In 1979, Wardlaw earned a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law.[1][4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Political campaigning[edit]

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.[7] 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.[7] After volunteering for Riordan's successful campaign, she worked as his Government Liaison during the mayoral transition.[7]

Federal judicial service[edit]

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.

In 2006, Judge Wardlaw held that homeless plaintiffs could challenge an ordinance banning sleeping on the street, over the dissent of Judge Pamela Ann Rymer.[8]

Notable cases[edit]

City of Los Angeles v. Barr (Sanctuary Cities)[edit]

On July 12, 2019, in City of Los Angeles V. Barr, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned a nationwide injunction issued in 2018, thus upholding preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with immigration authorities. In the opinion, Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote, "Cooperation relating to enforcement of federal immigration law is in pursuit of the general welfare, and meets the low bar of being germane to the federal interest in providing the funding to "address crime and disorder problems, and otherwise... enhance public safety... one of the main purposes for which” the grant is intended. In her dissent, Judge Wardlaw wrote, "[The Department of Justice's] decision to implement both the illegal immigration focus area and the Cooperation Certification is foreclosed by the text, structure, and purpose of the Community Policing Act."[9]

In July 2019, Wardlaw dissented when the 9th circuit en banc upheld Trump's gag rule which defunded abortion providers from Title X funds.

Personal life[edit]

Wardlaw's husband is William Wardlaw, a multimillionaire. They have two children, William, Jr. and Katherine Ann. Richard Riordan is a godfather of her children. In 2005, Wardlaw and her family resided in San Marino, California. In 2009, Wardlaw and her family resided in Pasadena, California.[10][11]

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.[12][13]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hansen, Amelia (March 7, 2007). "Profile: Judge Kim Wardlaw". ms-jd.org. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Jess Bravin, Barack Obama: The Present Is Prologue, The Wall Street Journal (October 7, 2008).
  3. ^ Manu Raju, Feinstein pushes two Hispanic judges, Politico (May 12, 2009).
  4. ^ a b "Supreme Court Short List Profiles: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals". appellatestrategist.com. April 19, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Judge Kim Wardlaw's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Two UCLA School of Law Alumni Appointed to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals". UCLA Law School. June 18, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Wardlaw, Kim McLane - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  8. ^ "Recent Case: Ninth Circuit Holds That "Involuntary" Conduct Cannot Be Punished" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. 120: 829. 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  9. ^ United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2019-07-12). "Opinion No. 18-55599" (PDF). United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  10. ^ Roderick, Kevin (January 2005). "Reign Maker". kevinroderick.com. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Ms. JD, . (March 10, 2009). "First Women Series: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw". ms-jd.org. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Mayfield Junior School Annual Report 2014-2015".
  13. ^ "Soledad Jimenez McLane". legacy.com. November 8, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2019.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
David Vreeland Kenyon
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Percy Anderson
Preceded by
John Clifford Wallace
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1998–present
Incumbent