Benita Y. Pearson

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Benita Pearson
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 27, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Peter Economus
United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In office
August 2008 – December 27, 2010
Personal details
Born February 1963 (age 51)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University
Cleveland State University

Benita Yalonda Pearson (born February 1963) is a United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and formerly a United States magistrate judge on the same court.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Cleveland,[1] Pearson earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Georgetown University in 1985 and then earned a law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1995.[2]

Professional career[edit]

From 1985 until 1992, Pearson worked for BP, first as a corporate accountant (1985–1987) and then as a supervisor of retail marketing accounting (1987–1990) and then in retail sales (1990–1992).

From 1992 until 1994, Pearson worked as a law clerk for a Cleveland law firm, and from 1995 until 1996, Pearson served as a litigation associate for a Cleveland law firm. From 1996 until 1998, Pearson served as a law clerk for United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge John Michael Manos.[2] From 1998 until 2000, Pearson served as a general litigation associate for Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland.[2]

From 2000 until 2008, Pearson served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Cleveland.[2]

In August 2008, Pearson became a United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

In July 2009, Pearson was recommended to serve as a United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by both Ohio Senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican George Voinovich.[1] On December 3, 2009, President Obama formally nominated Pearson to serve on the Northern District of Ohio.[2] Pearson was chosen to fill the seat vacated by Judge Peter C. Economus, who had taken senior status.[1]

The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported Pearson's nomination to the full Senate on February 11, 2010. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate on December 21, 2010 by a vote of 56-39, with George Voinovich of Ohio casting the lone Republican 'aye' vote.[3][4] She received her commission on December 27, 2010. She became the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. district judgeship in Ohio.[4][5]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Peter Economus
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
2010–present
Incumbent