Leslie E. Kobayashi

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Leslie Emi Kobayashi
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
Assumed office
December 22, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Helen W. Gillmor
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 59–60)
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Education Wellesley College B.A.
Boston College Law School J.D.

Leslie Emi Kobayashi (born 1957) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Early life and education[edit]

Kobayashi was born in 1957 in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1979 and her Juris Doctor from the Boston College Law School in 1983.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Kobayashi worked as a trial attorney and managing partner of the law firm of Fujiyama, Duffy & Fujiyama for a period of 17 years. She worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Honolulu before becoming a United States Magistrate Judge on August 2, 1999. She has also taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Leslie E. Kobayashi; ca. 2010

On April 21, 2010 Kobayashi was nominated to a seat as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii by Barack Obama. She was nominated to fill the seat vacated by Helen Gillmor who took senior status in 2009. The United States Senate confirmed the nomination on December 18, 2010.[3][4] This makes her the first Japanese American federal judge confirmed during the Obama Administration.[5] She received her commission on December 22, 2010.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Helen W. Gillmor
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
2010–present
Incumbent