History of the Federal Judiciary

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Hamilton, Phyllis Jean
Born 1952 in Jacksonville, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Nominated by William J. Clinton on February 9, 2000, to a new seat authorized by 104 Stat. 5089. Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2000, and received commission on May 25, 2000. Served as chief judge, 2014-present.

U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1991-2000

Stanford University, B.A., 1974
University of Santa Clara (now Santa Clara University) School of Law, J.D., 1976

Professional Career:
Deputy public defender, California, 1976-1980
Manager, EEO programs, Farinon Electric Corporation, 1980
Administrative judge, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, San Francisco, California, 1980-1985
Commissioner, Oakland-Piedmont-Emeryville [California] Municipal Court, 1985-1991


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