The Honorable Beth Labson Freeman

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Department 3


The Hon. Beth Labson Freeman is a district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama on January 6, 2014 to fill a newly created seat. She was confirmed by the Senate on February 25, 2014.

Freeman earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. She then completed a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979.

She began her legal career as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Two years later, she left the firm and joined Lasky, Haas, Cohler and Munter in San Francisco, where she practiced for two more years.

Then, in 1983, Freeman entered the public sector. She accepted a position as deputy county counsel in the Office of County Counsel of San Mateo County. She served in that capacity until 2001, when she was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis to serve as a judge for the Superior Court of San Mateo County.

Her professional memberships have included the Community Corrections Partnership, the County of San Mateo Criminal Justice Workgroup, and the Junior Statesmen Foundation. She has also been a member of the League of Women Voters, My Place Battered Women’s Shelter, the Peninsula Golf and Country Club, the Pacific Athletic Club, the Sinai Memorial Chapel, the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, and Peninsula Temple Beth El.

Freeman was named Judge of the Year by the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association in 2007. She was also a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Junior Statesmen Foundation in 1994.

Although she was born in Washington, D.C., Freeman moved to San Francisco, California with her family when she was a child.

When not presiding over cases, she enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling.

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