Two Alumni Take Seats On U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Friedland with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Photo courtesy of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)

When Michelle Friedland, JD ’00 (BS ’94), was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in June, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, JD ’52 (BA ’50), made the trip to San Francisco to administer the oath of office to her former clerk. And Friedland paid tribute to O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Court, for her role in shaping Friedland’s career. 

“Her presence on the Court made me feel I could aspire to anything,” she said at the special session. “She was an incredible role model to me long before I had the privilege to be her law clerk and learn from her firsthand.”

Friedland was nominated to the Ninth Circuit by President Obama in August 2013, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in April 2014. Her seat is currently in San Francisco, but she plans to move her chambers to San Jose sometime in the next few years. 

Friedland brings extensive trial and appellate experience at both the state and federal levels to the court. As a former litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, her practice focused primarily on antitrust litigation, constitutional and academic affairs litigation for higher-education institutions, and appellate matters. As a litigator, she represented numerous corporate clients on a variety of issues: antitrust, tax, patent, copyright, and consumer class action. She represented major clients, including Berkshire Hathaway, Boeing, Abbott  Laboratories, the University of California, and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. She has also made pro bono work a priority and has won the President’s Pro Bono Service Award and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, both from the State Bar of California. She has also served on the board of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. In addition to clerking at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice O’Connor, she clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She was a Fulbright scholar at Oxford University and also a lecturer at Stanford Law School for two years. 

In June 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Cheryl Ann Krause, JD ’93, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She was nominated to the seat in February by President Obama and took her seat in July. 

“I am humbled and grateful to President Obama and the Senate and in particular senators Casey and Toomey for this opportunity to return to public service and am deeply honored to join the esteemed bench of this court. I look forward to continuing its traditions of excellence and collegiality,” Krause said in a press release issued by Dechert, LLP, where she has been a partner in the Philadelphia office since 2006. 

Krause has extensive experience litigating complex financial fraud cases. As a litigator at Dechert, where her practice specialized in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations, she has successfully represented major banking institutions, media companies, private equity firms and other companies in domestic and international government investigations, SEC proceedings, securities class actions, contract disputes, and general commercial litigation. She has briefed and argued numerous appellate cases and has handled large-scale internal investigations in multiple jurisdictions. 

In 2011, Krause founded an appellate advocacy externship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The program pairs law students with Dechert attorneys and provides representation to indigent criminal defendants for their appeals. She has also dedicated a significant amount of time to pro bono work, including her role as counsel to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics and her representation of disabled children in partnership with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP). Earlier, Krause was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted federal criminal cases. She clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. And she was a lecturer and visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, as well as a law clerk at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP in San Francisco.