History of the Federal Judiciary

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Allen, Arenda Lauretta Wright
Born 1960 in Philadelphia, PA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 5, 2011, to a seat vacated by Jerome B. Friedman. Confirmed by the Senate on May 11, 2011, and received commission on May 12, 2011.

Kutztown State College (now Kutztown University of Pennsylvania), B.A., 1982
North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D., 1985

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy, JAG Corps, 1985-1990
Assistant U.S. attorney, Western District of Virginia, 1990-1991
Assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1991-2005
U.S. Naval Reserve, JAG Corps, 1992-2005
Assistant federal public defender, Eastern District of Virginia, 2005-2011; supervisory assistant federal public defender, 2006-2011

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, December 1, 2010; no Senate vote


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