Joan B. Gottschall

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Joan B. Gottschall
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
August 1, 1996 – April 23, 2012
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byJames Byron Moran
Succeeded bySara L. Ellis
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
1984–1996
Personal details
Born1947 (age 70–71)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
EducationSmith College (B.A.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)

Joan B. Gottschall (born 1947) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Oak Ridge Tennessee, Gottschall received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1973. She was then in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, until 1976, and again from 1978 to 1982, serving as a staff attorney of the Federal Defender Program in Chicago from 1976 to 1978. She was a staff attorney in the legal office of the University of Chicago from 1982 to 1984.

Federal judicial service[edit]

She was a United States Magistrate for the Northern District of Illinois from 1984 to 1996. On March 29, 1996, Gottschall was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by James Byron Moran. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 25, 1996, and received her commission on August 1, 1996. She took senior status on April 23, 2013, and was succeeded by Judge Sara L. Ellis.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James Byron Moran
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1996–2012
Succeeded by
Sara L. Ellis