PROFILE: Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, newly nominated judge for the US District Court for California.

Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, a Ghanaian-born American judge, has been nominated by President Joe Biden of the United States of America as his judge for the US District Court for California.

The Yale-trained judge was among eight new candidates for the federal bench announced by the US President on Wednesday, September 8.

Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong therefore becomes the first Black woman to serve on the Ninth Circuit from California, as well as the second Black woman to ever serve on the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Frimpong would also be the only active Black woman district court judge in any of California’s four federal district courts.


Judge Frimpong has served as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2016.

From 2015 to 2016, she served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

From 2007 to 2015, Judge Frimpong worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, serving in various positions, including as Counselor to the Attorney General, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, and other positions.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Judge Frimpong worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco from 2002 to 2007.

Judge Frimpong served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2002.

Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California to Kwaku Ewusi-Mensah and Theodora Ewusi-Mensah, immigrants from Ghana.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1997 and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 2001.

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