Christy C. Wiegand
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
September 11, 2020
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byPeter J. Phipps
Personal details
Born
Christy Criswell Wiegand

1975 (age 46–47)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationPrinceton University (AB)
Cornell Law School (JD)

Christy Criswell Wiegand (born 1975)[1] is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Education

Wiegand earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1997, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2000, where she served as an Articles Editor of the Cornell Law Review.[2]

Legal career

Upon graduating from law school, Wiegand became an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on antitrust matters. She later served as a law clerk to Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Wiegand then became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Wiegand previously served as the Deputy Chief of the Office's Civil Division, and thereafter served in the Criminal Division's Major Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted a variety of crimes, including large-scale drug trafficking, child exploitation, illegal firearms, and fraud.[2]

Federal judicial service

On February 5, 2020, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Wiegand to serve as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. On February 12, 2020, her nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Wiegand to the seat vacated by Judge Peter J. Phipps, who was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on July 22, 2019.[3] On June 17, 2020, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[4] On July 23, 2020, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 17–5 vote.[5] On September 9, 2020, her nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 82–14.[6] She received her judicial commission on September 11, 2020.

References

  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Christy Wiegand
  2. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominee" White House, February 5, 2020 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Fifteen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate", White House, February 12, 2020
  4. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for June 17, 2020
  5. ^ https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Results%20of%20Executive%20Business%20Meeting%20July%2023,%202020.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation: Christy Criswell Wiegand, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania )". United States Senate. 2020-09-09. Retrieved 2020-09-23.
Legal offices Preceded byPeter J. Phipps Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 2020–present Incumbent