The Honorable Laurel Beeler

Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of California

THE HONORABLE LAUREL BEELER was appointed in 2010. She has presided over and settled hundreds of cases in many subject areas, including intellectual property, employment, civil rights, and business 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 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, and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Jury Trial Improvement Committee. In 2006, Judge Beeler received the Northern District Judicial Conference’s Public Service Award. In 2012, she was named one of The Recorder’s A2012 Women Leaders in [email protected] In 2015, she received the Barristers Choice Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Judge Beeler teaches civil trial practice at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and taught Criminal Procedure at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She led rule-of-law projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Jordan, and Ukraine.  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.