Tanya S. Chutkan

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Tanya Sue Chutkan
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Assumed office
June 5, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
Personal details
Born (1962-07-05) July 5, 1962 (age 55)
Kingston, Jamaica
Education George Washington University (B.A.)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.)

Tanya Sue Chutkan (born July 5, 1962) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Biography[edit]

Chutkan was born on July 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica.[1] She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor in 1987 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 1987 to 1990, she worked at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells). From 1990 to 1991, she worked at the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Rogovin, Huge & Schiller. From 1991 to 2002, she was a trial attorney and supervisor at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She was a partner at the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where her practice focused on complex civil litigation and specifically antitrust class action cases.[2][3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On December 19, 2013, President Obama nominated Chutkan to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to a new seat created pursuant to 104 Stat. 5089, on July 1, 2013.[4] She received a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on February 25, 2014.[5] On March 27, 2014 her nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[6] On May 22, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nomination. On Tuesday June 3, 2014 the United States Senate voted 54-40 on the motion to invoke cloture.[7] On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 the United States Senate voted in favor of final confirmation by a vote of 95-0.[8] She received her judicial commission on June 5, 2014.[3]

Notable case[edit]

Chutkan was assigned the case American Society for Testing and Materials et al. v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc. In the case, Public.Resource.Org was sued by the American Society for Testing and Materials, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers for scanning and making available building codes and fire codes which these organizations consider their copyrighted property.[9][10] Chutkan ruled against Public.Resource.Org, and ordered all of the standards to be deleted from the Internet.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Attorney Tanya S Chutkan - Lawyer in". www.lawyercentral.com. 
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Eight to Serve on the United States District Courts". 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Chutkan, Tanya Sue - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nominations". United States Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Executive Business Meeting" (PDF). United States Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 170. United States Senate. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 2nd Session". Vote Summary: Vote Number 173. United States Senate. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Public.Resource.Org Fights Back Against Copyright Lawsuit". 20 August 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Docket at Justia
  11. ^ Masnick, Mike (February 3, 2017). "Federal Court Basically Says It's Okay To Copyright Parts Of Our Laws". Techdirt. 

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Preceded by
Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
2014–present
Incumbent