John Kronstadt

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John Arnold Kronstadt
Judge John A. Kronstadt.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Assumed office
April 14, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byFlorence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
In office
2002–2011
Appointed byGray Davis
Preceded byJuelann Cathey
Succeeded byRoberto Longoria
Personal details
Born
John Arnold Kronstadt

(1951-03-05) March 5, 1951 (age 67)
Washington, D.C.
EducationCornell University (A.B.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)

John Arnold Kronstadt (born March 5, 1951)[1] is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Early life and education[edit]

Kronstadt was born in 1951.[2] He graduated from Cornell University in 1973 with an Artium Baccalaureus[3] At Cornell, he was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1976.[3] 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.[4][5]

State judicial service[edit]

In October 2002, California Governor Gray Davis appointed Kronstadt to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.[6] He replaced Judge Juelann Cathey,[6] who had retired earlier that year following major heart surgery.[7][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.[8]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On November 17, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Kronstadt to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Central District of California[3] to fill the vacancy created by the death of Florence-Marie Cooper.[4] On April 12, 2011, the Senate voted 96–0 to confirm his nomination.[9] Kronstadt received his judicial commission two days later.[5]

Personal[edit]

Kronstadt is married to California 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Helen Bendix.[4]

References[edit]

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

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Florence-Marie Cooper
Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
2011–present
Incumbent