Congratulations and best wishes to M3

mckeown“Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown to Lead Federal Judges Association,” observes Howard Bashman at How Appealing.  (7:10 PM post on April 24, 2013).

I had the privilege of getting to know the judge when she served as the Chair of the Codes of Conduct Committee for the federal judiciary.  She is brilliant.  She is a great writer.  She is one of the nicest and most interesting people you will ever meet.  She has a lovely sense of humor.  She is down-to-earth.  (Being Made In Wyoming will do that for you.)  She has finally tuned  people skills.  She is universally respected.  She was (and is) on a lot of “short lists” for the Supreme Court.  She is adventurous–McKeown was a member of the first American mountain climbing expedition to China.

Judge McKeown will do a wonderful job leading the FJA during this most challenging time.   I wish her well.

RGK

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