John A. Kronstadt

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John A. Kronstadt
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 14, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Florence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
In office
2002–2011
Appointed by Gray Davis
Preceded by Juelann Cathey
Succeeded by Roberto Longoria
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 62–63)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater Cornell University
Yale University

John Arnold Kronstadt (born 1951) is a district judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Kronstadt was born in 1951 in Washington, D.C.[1] He graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with an A.B.[2] At Cornell, he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976.[2] After completing law school, Kronstadt served as a law clerk for Judge William P. Gray of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.[3]

Judicial service[edit]

In October 2002, California Governor Gray Davis appointed Kronstadt to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[4] He replaced Judge Juelann Cathey,[4] who had retired earlier that year following major heart surgery.[5]

While a Superior Court judge, Kronstadt presided over the case to determine rightful ownership of the Bahia Emerald, an 840-pound gemstone that has previously been valued at $372 million.[6]

On November 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Kronstadt to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Central District of California[2] to fill the vacancy created by the death of Florence-Marie Cooper.[3] On April 12, 2011, the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm his nomination.[7] Kronstadt received his judicial commission two days later.

Personal[edit]

Kronstadt is married to Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Helen Bendix.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaire: John Arnold Kronstadt, (November 15, 2010).
  2. ^ a b c President Obama Nominates Six to the United States District Court, 11/17/10, whitehouse.gov (November 17, 2010).
  3. ^ a b c Ofgang, Kenneth (November 19, 2010). "Obama Nominates Kronstadt to U.S. District Court". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Laird, Lorelei (October 17, 2002). "Davis Appoints Two to Los Angeles Superior Court Bench". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ MetNews Staff Writer (July 1, 2002). "Judge Juelann Cathey Granted Disability Retirement". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Victoria Kim, Trial begins in tussle over giant emerald, Los Angeles Times (September 25, 2010).
  7. ^ http://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/112thCongress.cfm
Legal offices
Preceded by
Florence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
2011–present
Incumbent