Amy Totenberg

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Amy Totenberg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 1, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Jack Camp
Personal details
Born (1950-12-29) December 29, 1950 (age 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University

Amy Mil Totenberg (born December 29, 1950) is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She previously had been in private practice in Atlanta and also formerly served as a Special Master for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.[1] She received her judicial commission March 1, 2011.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York, New York, she is the daughter of Melanie (Shroder) and Polish-born violinist Roman Totenberg. Totenberg earned an A.B., magna cum laude, in 1974 from Harvard-Radcliffe College and a law degree in 1977 from Harvard Law School.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Upon graduating from Harvard-Radcliffe, Totenberg worked as a summer intern at the law firm of James M. Haviland in Charleston, West Virginia. In 1975 she was a legal assistant for Education/Instrucción in Roxbury, Massachusetts and held this position into 1977.[4] After graduating from law school, she served as a partner for The Law Project in Atlanta from 1977 until 1982 and served as a sole legal practitioner in Atlanta from 1982 until 1994.

Between 1988 and 1993, Totenberg was a part-time for the city of Atlanta as a pro hac vice Municipal Court Judge.[4]

From 1994 until 1998, Totenberg served as the first-ever general counsel for Atlanta's school system.[3]

From 1998 until becoming a federal judge in 2011, Totenberg had served as a sole legal practitioner and arbitrator in Atlanta, working part-time as a special master and court monitor for several United States district courts.[3] She also worked from 2004 until 2007 as an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law.[4]

Federal judicial career[edit]

In February 2009, Totenberg submitted a resume and letter of interest for a United States district judgeship vacancy. After an interview by a committee appointed by the Georgia Democratic Congressional Delegation, Totenberg was among the applicants whose names were submitted to the White House.

On March 17, 2010, President Obama nominated Totenberg to fill the judicial vacancy on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that had been created by the decision by Judge Jack Tarpley Camp Jr. to assume senior status at the end of 2008.[3]

Totenberg was unanimously approved on December 1, 2010 by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary with a voice vote.[5][6]

Senators returned Totenberg's nomination to President Obama at the end of the 111th Congress and he resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Totenberg in a voice vote on February 28, 2011. She received her commission March 1, 2011.[2]

Personal[edit]

Totenberg's sister is Nina Totenberg, the American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio.

Around 2005, Totenberg contributed to the Georgia ACLU.[7]

In 2008, Totenberg contributed $1750 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statement of The Honorable Patrick Leahy". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate. September 15, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
  3. ^ a b c d "President Obama Nominates Judge Leonard Stark and Amy Totenberg to the United States District Court". The White House. USA.gov. March 17, 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The United States Senate. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ Rankin, Bill (2011-02-28). "Senate approves Totenberg, Jones to federal bench in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Cox Media Group). 
  6. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongress.cfm
  7. ^ "ACLU of Georgia 2005/2006 Annual Report". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Amy Totenberg Contribution List in 2008". CampaignMoney.com. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Jack Camp
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
2011–present
Incumbent