Mary M. Rowland

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Mary M. Rowland
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
October 1, 2012
Personal details
Mary Margaret Rowland

(1961-10-08) October 8, 1961 (age 57)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
University of Chicago Law School (JD)

Mary Margaret Rowland (born October 8, 1961) is a United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is a federal judicial nominee for the same court.

Personal life and education[edit]

Rowland was born in Akron, Ohio on October 8, 1961.[1] She earned earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.[2]

Legal career[edit]

Upon graduation from law school, Judge Rowland served as a law clerk to Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.[2]

Prior to becoming a federal magistrate judge, she spent twelve years as a partner in the Chicago firm of Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym. Before entering private practice, she served for ten years in the Chicago office of the federal defender; first as a staff attorney and later as the office's chief appellate attorney.[2]

Affiliations and memberships[edit]

Rowland is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Bar Association.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Rowland has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois since 2012. She was officially sworn in on October 1, 2012.[3] At the time of her appointment, she was one of only a few openly gay judges in the country.[4]

Nomination to district court[edit]

On June 7, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Rowland to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On June 18, 2018, her nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Rowland to the seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Amy J. St. Eve, who was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on May 25, 2018.[5] Rowland was President Trump's first openly gay judicial nominee.[6] On August 22, 2018, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[7] On October 11, 2018, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 16–5 vote.[8]

On January 3, 2019, her nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.


  1. ^ profile
  2. ^ a b c d "President Donald J. Trump Announces Fourteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Thirteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eighth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees" White House, May 10, 2018 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Oak Park resident selected as federal magistrate judge". July 17, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Ring, Trudy (November 16, 2012). "Lesbian Attorney Becomes Federal Magistrate Judge in Illinois". The Advocate. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Seventeen Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today", White House, June 18, 2018
  6. ^ Bendery, Jennifer (June 7, 2018). "Trump Finally Has An LGBTQ Judicial Nominee". HuffPost. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for August 22, 2018
  8. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 11, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee

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