Detailed biography of Judge Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong

Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong

Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong, an American judge of Ghanaian descent, has been nominated as a judge by U.S. President Joe Biden for the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

This nomination makes Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong the first Black woman ever to serve in the Ninth Circuit from California and the second Black woman ever to serve in the Ninth Circuit.

In addition, she would be the only Black woman district court judge in any of California’s four federal district courts.

The following is a detailed biography of Judge Maame Ewusi Mensah Frimpong.

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Frimpong was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California to Kwaku Ewusi-Mensah and Theodora Ewusi-Mensah, immigrants from Ghana.


She earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard in 1997- she later earned a JD from Yale Law School in 2001.


Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong has served as a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2016.

From 2015 to 2016, she worked at Millennium Challenge Corporation as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary.

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From 2007 to 2015, Judge Frimpong worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, 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.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Judge Frimpong worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco from 2002 to 2007.

Judge Frimpong served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2002.

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