Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Michelle T. Friedland has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate voted on April 28, 2014.
“Michelle embodies all of the qualities of an outstanding jurist – integrity, judgment, thoughtfulness, and razor-sharp knowledge of the law. She will serve the court and our profession with distinction – just as she served our clients,” Ronald L. Olson, Munger Tolles name partner, said.
In August 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Ms. Friedland to the bench. She is a San Francisco-based litigation partner whose practice is focused on antitrust litigation, appellate matters, and constitutional and academic affairs litigation for higher education institutions. She joined Munger Tolles in 2004 following a two-year lectureship at Stanford Law School, where she taught federal jurisdiction and environmental law.
Before that, Ms. Friedland served as a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court (2001-2002) and Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2000-2001). She earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was Order of the Coif and received the Urban A. Sontheimer Award. She holds a B.S. from Stanford University.