By Josh Richman
Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 3:17 pm in Obama presidency.

President Obama today nominated a Cal alumnus and former federal prosecutor to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Paul Watford, 44, of Pasadena, is an appellate litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, where he has worked since 2001. A registered Democrat, his work spans administrative, antitrust, consumer class action, state and federal constitutional, and securities law issues, and he has authored or edited briefs in nearly 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Paul J. Watford has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through his work and I am honored to nominate him to serve the American people as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals,” the president said in announcing the nomination. “He will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the 9th Circuit bench.”

An Orange County native, Watford earned his bachelor’s degree in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree in 1994 from the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review.

Watford then served as a law clerk to 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, and then – from 1995 to 1996 – as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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