Patricia Anne Gaughan

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Patricia Anne Gaughan
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Assumed office
June 1, 2017
Preceded by Solomon Oliver Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Assumed office
December 26, 1995
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Ann Aldrich
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
Lakewood, Ohio
Education Saint Mary's College B.A.
Notre Dame Law School J.D.

Patricia Anne Gaughan (born 1953) is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Gaughan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's College in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School in 1978. She was an assistant prosecuting attorney of the Criminal Trial Division, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Ohio from 1978 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1987. She was an Assistant United States Attorney of the Economic Crime Division, Northern District of Ohio from 1983 to 1984. She was an adjunct professor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University from 1983 to 1987, and was in private practice in Cleveland from 1984 to 1987. She was a judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas from 1987 to 1995.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 29, 1995, Gaughan was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Ann Aldrich. Gaughan was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 22, 1995, and received her commission on December 26, 1995. She became Chief Judge on June 1, 2017.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ann Aldrich
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
1995–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Solomon Oliver Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
2017–present