Ilana Rovner

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Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Assumed office
August 17, 1992
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Harlington Wood Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
September 12, 1984 – August 17, 1992
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Joel Flaum
Succeeded by David H. Coar
Personal details
Born (1938-08-21) August 21, 1938 (age 79)
Riga, Latvia
Political party Republican
Education Bryn Mawr College (A.B.)
King's College London
Georgetown University Law Center
Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)

Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner (born August 21, 1938) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.[1] Rovner was the first woman appointed to the Seventh Circuit.[2] She was previously a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Rovner was born in Riga, Latvia. While an infant, Rovner and her mother immigrated to the United States during World War II from Latvia to escape the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany. She earned her Artium Baccalaureus degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1960. She studied at King's College London for one year and attended Georgetown University Law Center for two years before moving to Chicago. She received a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1966. She was a legal researcher for Richard J. Phelan of Chicago, Illinois in 1971.[3]

She was a law clerk for Judge James Benton Parsons of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1972 to 1973. She was an Assistant United States Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois from 1973-77, serving as Deputy Chief of the Public Protection Unit from 1975-76 and Chief of the Public Protection Unit from 1976-77. She was a deputy governor and legal counsel for Governor James R. Thompson of Illinois from 1977-84.[4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Rovner was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Joel Flaum. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 12, 1984, and received commission the same day. Her service was terminated on August 17, 1992, due to elevation to the Seventh Circuit.[4]

Rovner was nominated by President George H. W. Bush on July 2, 1992, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Judge Harlington Wood Jr. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 12, 1992, and received commission on August 17, 1992.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who (1996). Who's Who of American Women, 1997-1998. Marquis Who's Who. ISBN 9780837904221. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Profiles of Women in Leadership". Archived from the original on 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2015-04-13. 
  3. ^ Newspapers, William Hageman, Tribune. "Remarkable Woman: Ilana Rovner". 
  4. ^ a b c "Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond - Federal Judicial Center". fjc.gov. Retrieved August 29, 2017. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joel Flaum
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1984–1992
Succeeded by
David H. Coar
Preceded by
Harlington Wood Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
1992–present
Incumbent