United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler was appointed in 2010. She has presided as a trial and settlement judge over hundreds of civil cases, including intellectual property, employment, civil rights, and commercial disputes.
Judge Beeler was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District, prosecuting complex white-collar cases with parallel civil components. She was the Office=s Professional Responsibility Officer and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Cecil F. Poole, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Civil Appeals Division Chief at the Ninth Circuit’s Office of Staff Attorneys. She trained as a mediator with the Northern District’s ADR Program, the Federal Judicial Center, and Harvard Law School.
Judge Beeler is a member of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judge Executive Board and the Ninth Circuit Criminal Case Committee and is one of four national judicial liaisons to the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Defender Services Joint Electronic Technology Working Group. She chairs the Northern District=s Criminal Practice Committee and implemented the court’s reentry and diversion courts.
Judge Beeler was President of the Federal Bar Association, co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit, a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”), and a member of the Ninth Circuit=s Jury Trial Improvement Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court. In 2006, Judge Beeler received the Northern District Judicial Conference=s Public Service Award. She was named one of The Recorder=s A2012 Women Leaders in Law.@ She received BASF’s Barristers Choice Award in 2015 and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s Magistrate Judge of the Year award in 2018.
Judge Beeler taught Civil Trial Practice at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and Criminal Procedure at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She led rule-of-law projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Jordan, Ukraine, Turkey, and Thailand.
Judge Beeler graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review. She received her A.B. with honors from Bowdoin College.