U.S. President nominates Ghanaian as California District Court Judge

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The President of the United States of America(USA), Joe Biden has nominated a Ghanaian, Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong as Judge of the California District Court of the United States of America.

She is one of five(5) District Court Judges and Eight(8) Judges respectively nominated.

Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong would go down in history as 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.

She was born in 1975 in the County of Los Angeles, California to Kwaku Ewusi-Mensah and Theodora Ewusi-Mensah both immigrants from Ghana.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, Maame taught as a teacher in a public school in Ghana.

In 2001, she returned to the States and attended Yale Law School, where she obtained her J.D.

Maame Ewusi-Mensah 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.  

Frimpong became counsel to then U.S. Attorney General, Eric H.Holder, Jnr in 2014. She served as an advisor on matters of national security, intellectual property, tax, immigration, financial fraud, and more.

Also, Maame Frimpong worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2007 to 2015, 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.

However, in 2015, Frimpong joined the Millenium Challenge Corporation in Washington DC after leaving the Department of Justice. The MCC is a foreign aid agency that is run by the government of the United States of America.

She became counsel to the U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Tony West in 2009.

Additionally, she worked as an Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco from 2002 to 2007.

And from 2001-2002, Maame Frimpong, worked as a law clerk for  Judge Stephen Reinhardt, on U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Through various outreach platforms and entities, Maame has provided pro bono legal assistance to individuals with low income throughout her legal career.