Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, a Ghanaian-American, has been nominated to serve as a judge of the US District Court for the Central District of California, by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.
If confirmed, Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong will hold on the US District Court for the Central District of California as a lifetime appointment in the upper echelons of the US judiciary.
She would also become the only black woman serving in any of California’s four Federal District Courts and one of only eight across the whole of the United States.
Born to Ghanaian parents, Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong was raised in Los Angeles County, California in 1975.
Maame earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1997. According to trellis.law, after graduating from Harvard, Maame worked as a high school teacher at a public school in Ghana. After she returned to the United States, she attended Yale Law School where she earned her J.D. in 2001.
Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong clerked for the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt at the US District Court Justice for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002.
She then joined the San Francisco law firm of Morrison and Foerster LLP as an associate. During her five years with the firm. Maame practised civil and intellectual property litigation.
From 2007 to 2015, Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong left California to join the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a trial attorney for two years, where she handled cases involving government contracts, government personnel, and international trade disputes.
She then became counsel to the U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Tony West with the Civil Division of the DOJ in 2009, she served as an advisor to the former U.S. Assistant Attorney General in the matters of intellectual property, immigration, international trade, consumer protection, and international law. She remained there until 201 when she would serve as the deputy assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch.
Then, in 2014, after briefly serving as principal deputy associate Attorney General, Maame Ewusi-Mensah became counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. where she served as an advisor in matters involving national security, financial fraud, intellectual property, tax, immigration, and all other issues that fell under the scope of the DOJ.
She left the Department of Justice in 2015 to join the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C, a foreign aid agency run by the United States government.
She served first as a corporate secretary, then as a general counsel, before ultimately becoming vice-president. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2016.
Throughout her legal career, Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong has sought to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income individuals through various outreach entities.
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