Mary A. McLaughlin

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Mary A. McLaughlin
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
November 18, 2013
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
In office
May 18, 2008 – May 18, 2015
Appointed by John Roberts
Preceded by Nathaniel M. Gorton
Succeeded by Thomas B. Russell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
May 31, 2000 – November 18, 2013
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Marvin Katz
Personal details
Born 1946 (age 71–72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education Gwynedd-Mercy College (B.A.)
Bryn Mawr College (M.A.)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.)

Mary A. McLaughlin (born 1946) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McLaughlin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 1968, a Master of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in 1969, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1976. She was a law clerk for Judge Stanley Seymour Brotman 1976 to 1977, and went on to work in private practice from 1977 to 1980. She was an Assistant United States Attorney of the United States Attorney's office for the District of Columbia from 1980 to 1984. She was an Assistant professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law from 1984 to 1986.

After leaving Vanderbilt, McLaughlin returned to private practice for fourteen years, during which time she served as a partner at the law firm of Dechert LLP. She also completed stints as an adjunct professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University law schools. In 1995, McLaughlin was appointed chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Government (a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee).

Federal judicial service[edit]

McLaughlin was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 9, 2000 for a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 2000, and received her commission on May 31, 2000. She simultaneously served a 2008 to 2015 term on the secret FISA Court.[1][2] She took senior status on November 18, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: 2013 Membership". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke (2013-06-21). "The judges who preside over America's secret court". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-07-01. Twelve of the 14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Marvin Katz
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2000–2013
Vacant
Preceded by
Nathaniel M. Gorton
Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
2008–2015
Succeeded by
Thomas B. Russell