Former Munger, Tolles & Olson partner John Owens was sworn in on April 25, 2014 as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
During a special court session, Chief Judge Emeritus J. Clifford Wallace performed the investiture attended by more than 200 guests and held at the new federal courthouse in San Diego.
Judge Owens was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California. Speakers included his supervisors, Laura E. Duffy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California and her immediate predecessors, Carol C. Lam and Karen P. Hewitt. Senior District Judge Thomas J. Whelan also made remarks.
Following being sworn in, Judge Owens acknowledged Munger Tolles and the many colleagues who traveled to San Diego to attend to the event. Also in attendance were former Munger Tolles partners Paul J. Watford, who joined the Ninth Circuit in 2012, and Michelle Friedland, who was confirmed as a Ninth Circuit judge by the United States Senate on April 28.
Judge Owens was confirmed to the Ninth Circuit on March 31, 2014 by the United States Senate. He was appointed to the bench by President Obama in August 2013.
“With the seating of Judge Owens, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is now operating with 28 judges for the first time in more than two decades,” the Court reported in its press release on the investiture.
Judge Owens was a Munger Tolles partner whose practice focused on representing individuals and corporations in government investigations, and conducting internal investigations into allegations of corporate misconduct. Prior to joining Munger Tolles in 2012, he was a federal prosecutor for 11 years. Judge Owens graduated first in his class from Stanford Law School in 1996. He served as a law clerk to Judge Wallace and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.