History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Lefkow, Joan Humphrey
Born 1944 in Rural Nemaha County, KS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Nominated by William J. Clinton on May 11, 2000, to a seat vacated by Anne C. Williams. Confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2000, and received commission on July 11, 2000. Assumed senior status on September 1, 2012.

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982-1997
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois, 1997-2000

Wheaton College, Illinois, A.B., 1965
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1971

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1971-1972
Staff attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, Inc., 1972-1975
Administrative law judge, Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission, 1975-1979
Instructor, University of Miami Law School, 1980-1981
Executive director, Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., 1981-1982


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