Kimberly J. Mueller

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Kimberly Mueller
Kimberly Jo Mueller.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 21, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Frank Damrell
Personal details
Born (1957-09-17) September 17, 1957 (age 57)
Newton, Kansas, U.S.
Alma mater Pomona College (B.A.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Magistrate portrait

Kimberly Jo Mueller (born September 17, 1957 in Newton, Kansas) is a Federal District Judge of the Sacramento Division of United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She is the first female district judge to serve in the Eastern District.[1]

Education[edit]

Mueller obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in 1981, and a Juris Doctor from Stanford University in 1995.[2]

Political career[edit]

Mueller served as a legislative aide for California State Assembly member Lloyd Connelly. After moving to Sacramento's Tahoe Park neighborhood, Mueller was elected to the Sacramento City Council, where she served from 1987 through 1992.[2][3]

While on the council, Mueller was selected to serve as Vice-Mayor and chair of the city's budget committee. She also led a successful effort with then-Mayor Anne Rudin to introduce campaign finance reform to the city's politics.[4][5][6]

Legal career[edit]

Mueller left her position on the Sacramento City Council in 1992 to attend Stanford Law School.[3] After graduation, she worked for five years at the Sacramento office of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, and later opened her own private practice.[2]

In 2003, Mueller was appointed as a federal magistrate judge of the Sacramento Division of United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, becoming just the second woman to hold this position since the Eastern District was established in 1966.[7][8]

Mueller currently is an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.[9]

On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mueller to serve as United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.[10] Her nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 2010.[11] Mueller received her commission on December 21, 2010.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walsh, Denny (2010-12-17). "Senate confirms Mueller as federal judge" (FEE REQUIRED). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). p. 2B. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller". United States District Court, Eastern District of California. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b "New Magistrate Judge Took Unconventional Path to Federal Bench". Sacramento County Bar Association. 2003. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Ferris becomes Sacramento Vice Mayor" (FEE REQUIRED). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). January 3, 1990. p. B3. Retrieved 2008-07-11. Councilwoman Kim Mueller, who held the title last year, nominated Ferris to take her place in 1990 
  5. ^ "Mueller Leads Budget Panel" (FEE REQUIRED). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). January 5, 1990. p. B8. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Rudin, Mueller Call for Campaign Reform" (FEE REQUIRED). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). December 15, 1988. p. B1. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  7. ^ Hubert, Cynthia (2003-10-02). "Bench mark: Kim Mueller, the only female U.S. magistrate judge in Sacramento, has a lifelong commitment to public service" (FEE REQUIRED). Sacramento Bee (The McClatchy Company). p. E1. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  8. ^ "A History of the Eastern District of California". United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Adjunct Faculty". Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  10. ^ "President Obama Nominates Judge Catherine Eagles, Judge Kimberly Mueller and John J. McConnell, Jr. to the United States District Court" (Press release). The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  11. ^ Phillip, Abby (2010-12-16). "Senate confirms judicial nominees". POLITICO.com. Capitol News Company LLC. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  12. ^ Kimberly J. Mueller at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Smallman
Member of the Sacramento City Council
for the 6th District

1987–1992
Succeeded by
Darrell Steinberg
Legal offices
Preceded by
Frank Damrell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
2010–present
Incumbent