District Judge Beth Labson Freeman Joins San Jose Division

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is pleased to announce that District Judge Beth Labson Freeman has joined the court's San Jose Division, filling the seat vacated when District Judge Jeremy Fogel took leave from the court to head the Federal Judicial Center in 2011.

Before taking the federal bench, Judge Freeman served as a judge of the Superior Court of California in the County of San Mateo from 2001 to 2014. She was selected by her fellow judges to serve as presiding judge of the court from 2011 to 2012. Before becoming a judge, Judge Freeman served as Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Mateo from 1983 to 2001 with an emphasis on litigation in the fields of education and juvenile law. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California, Berkeley, Judge Freeman began her legal career with stints in private litigation practice in San Francisco (Lasky, Haas & Cohler) and Washington, D.C. (Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson).

Judge Freeman received her commission on February 26, 2014 and was sworn in by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken on February 28, 2014. She will begin receiving cases from the assignment system in late April, including both new cases and reassignments from other judges. Judge Freeman will hold proceedings in Courtroom 3 on the 5th floor of the San Jose Courthouse. The court warmly welcomes Judge Freeman to the federal bench.