Morgan Christen

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Morgan Brenda Christen
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
January 11, 2012
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byAndrew Kleinfeld
Associate Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
In office
April 5, 2009 – January 11, 2012
Appointed bySarah Palin
Preceded byWarren Matthews
Succeeded byPeter J. Maassen
Personal details
Born (1961-12-05) December 5, 1961 (age 57)
Chehalis, Washington
EducationUniversity of Washington (B.A.)
Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D.)

Morgan Brenda Christen (born December 5, 1961) is a United States 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 degree in 1983 and the Golden Gate University School of Law with a Juris Doctor 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 anti-abortion 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]

Christen as part of an all-women appellate panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments March 8, 2018 at the William K. Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle; other panel members included fellow Circuit Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Chief District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal of the District Court for the District of Wyoming, sitting by designation.

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 seat on the Ninth Circuit vacated by Andrew Kleinfeld who assumed senior status on June 12, 2010.[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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sutton, Anne (March 8, 2009). "Palin pick to be 2nd female on Alaska court". Juneau Empire. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  2. ^ a b c Demer, Lisa (March 4, 2009). "Palin bucks pressure in Supreme Court appointment". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  3. ^ "President Obama Nominates Justice Morgan Christen for the United States Court of Appeals". White House Press Release. May 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session".
  5. ^ "Christen, Morgan - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Warren Matthews
Associate Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
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