Kim McLane Wardlaw
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Kim McLane Wardlaw

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]


Wardlaw earned a bachelor's degree in communications, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from UCLA in 1976. She received a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law in 1979.


Early career

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

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.[4] 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.[4] After volunteering for Riordan's successful campaign, she worked as his Government Liaison during the mayoral transition.[4]

Federal judicial service

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.[5]

Personal life

Wardlaw's father is of Scotch-Irish descent and her mother, Soledad Jiménez, was Mexican American.[1]

Wardlaw lives in Pasadena, California with her husband William Wardlaw. They have two children, William, Jr. and Katherine Ann.[6]

Mclane 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.[7]



  • "Umpires, Empathy, and Activism: Lessons from Judge Cardozo", 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1629 (2010)
  • "Introduction", 40 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 293 (2010)
  • "Access to State-Owned Communications Media--The Public Forum Doctrine" (Comment), 26 UCLA L. Rev. 1410 (1979)

See also


  1. ^ a b "Profile: Judge Kim Wardlaw".
  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 c "Wardlaw, Kim McLane - Federal Judicial Center".
  5. ^ "Recent Case: Ninth Circuit Holds That "Involuntary" Conduct Cannot Be Punished" (PDF). Harvard Law Review. 120: 829. 2006. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "First Women Series: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw".
  7. ^ "Mayfield Junior School Annual Report 2014-2015".

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Preceded by
David Vreeland Kenyon

Succeeded by
Percy Anderson
Preceded by
John Clifford Wallace


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