The Merc reports as follows:
President Barack Obama nominated Michelle Friedland, a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, to the nation's largest appeals court, which shapes federal law in California and eight other western states. The president also nominated another Munger, Tolles & Olson partner, Los Angeles-based lawyer John Owens, to a second 9th Circuit vacancy.
The law firm has been a feeding ground for Obama's 9th Circuit picks. Judge Paul Watford, who joined the 9th Circuit several years ago, also came from there.
Here's how Scott Graham starts his article in the Recorder on the nominations: