History of the Federal Judiciary

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Keep, Judith Nelsen
Born March 24, 1944, in Omaha, NE
Died September 14, 2004, in San Diego, CA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on May 9, 1980, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 1980, and received commission on June 30, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1991-1998. Service terminated on September 14, 2004, due to death.

Scripps College, B.A., 1966
San Diego School of Law (now University of San Diego School of Law), J.D., 1970

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Westgate-California, Inc., 1970
Attorney, Defenders, Inc., San Diego, California, 1971-1973
Private practice, San Diego, California, 1973-1976
Assistant U.S. attorney, 1976
Judge, Municipal Court, San Diego [California] Judicial District, 1976-1980


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