Cynthia M. Rufe

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Cynthia M. Rufe
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
May 3, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Norma Levy Shapiro
Personal details
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education Adelphi University B.A.
University at Buffalo Law School J.D.

Cynthia M. Rufe (born 1948) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rufe graduated from Adelphi University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 and later from University at Buffalo Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1977.

Legal career[edit]

Following law school graduation, Rufe served as a public defender in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, spending much of her tenure there in the juvenile division. She became a deputy public defender in 1980. Soon thereafter, she left government service to practice privately. She practiced in her own firm for 11 years, gaining prominence in the local legal community. In 1994, she was elected as a judge of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, where she served for eight years, until 2002.

Federal Judicial Career[edit]

On the recommendation of Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, Rufe was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush on January 23, 2002 to a seat vacated by Norma Levy Shapiro. Rufe was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002 on a Senate vote and received her commission on May 3, 2002.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Norma Levy Shapiro
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2002–present
Incumbent