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Hon. Sandra S. Ikuta

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Circuit Court Judge
Pasadena, CA, USA


Sandra Segal Ikuta was confirmed as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on June 19, 2006.  She filled a judgeship vacant since September 1, 2000, when Chief Judge Emeritus James R. Browning took senior status.

Before becoming a U.S. Circuit Judge, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to be deputy secretary and general counsel of the California Resources Agency in January 2004.

Prior to her political appointment, Judge Ikuta was a partner at the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. She joined the law firm in 1990 as an associate and became a partner in 1997.  She specialized in environmental and natural resources law and co-chaired the firm's environmental practice group.  She previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 1989-90, and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1988-89.

Prior to her legal career, Judge Ikuta took an unorthodox career path, which included serving as the first female editor-in-chief of a national martial arts magazine.

She received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Journalism. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976.

In addition to her duties as an active U.S. Circuit Judge, Judge Ikuta is currently the chair of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, chair of the Federal Judicial Center Appellate Judge Education Advisory Committee, and a member of the Ninth Circuit Court Executive Committee.

Hon. Sandra S. Ikuta is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Overview of the Supreme Court October 2016 Term - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Overview of the Supreme Court October 2016 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Friday, August 11, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Overview of the Supreme Court October 2016 Term - Overview of the Supreme Court October 2016 Term, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Freedom of Speech and Religion; Voting Rights, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Business Interests and Civil Litigation, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Immigration and Naturalization, Friday, August 11, 2017
Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers - Supreme Court October 2016 Term: Criminal Procedure and Actions Against Law Enforcement Officers, Friday, August 11, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 19th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2016 Term, Monday, August 14, 2017, New York, NY
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