Featuring Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson, the first female federal judge in the Eastern District of Washington
November 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Smith Family Hall, Room #2388
Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on January 26, 2010, by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. District Court Judge and ascended to the Chief Judge of that court on January 26, 2011. Judge Peterson is the first woman to serve as an Article III judge in the Eastern District of Washington.
Prior to appointment to the bench, Judge Peterson was a professor at Gonzaga University School of Law, teaching courses in federal jurisdiction, evidence, and trial advocacy as well as serving as the director of the externship program. After her graduation from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the North Dakota Law Review, Judge Peterson worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Fred Van Sickle in U.S. District Court.
After concluding her clerkship, she practiced in several private law firms and focused on federal and state criminal defense, employment law and education issues. Part of her practice included representing indigent federal defendants as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel. Judge Peterson served as State President of the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association, President of the Federal Bar Association of Eastern Washington, CJA Representative for the Eastern District of Washington, as well as an officer or board member of a number of civic and legal association boards. In 2006, Judge Peterson received the Spokane County Bar Association’s Smithmoore Myers Award Professionalism Award.
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