Karen S. Marston
Karen Marston (Judge) (cropped).jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
December 20, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byLegrome D. Davis
Personal details
Born1968 (age 54–55)
Portsmouth, Virginia
EducationDavidson College (B.A.)
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D.)

Karen Spencer Marston (born 1968)[1] is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education

Marston earned her Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Wake Forest Law Review.[2]

Legal and teaching career

Marston previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina, receiving the Department of Justice Director's Award in 2002. From 2010 to 2019, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she was the Chief of the Office's Narcotics and Organized Crime section. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law.[2]

Federal judicial service

On August 14, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Marston to serve as a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. On September 9, 2019, her nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump nominated Marston to the seat vacated by Judge Legrome D. Davis, who assumed senior status on September 28, 2017.[3] Her nomination was praised by both Senators Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey.[4] On September 11, 2019, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] On October 24, 2019, her nomination was reported out of committee by a 19–3 vote.[6] On December 18, 2019, the United States Senate invoked cloture on her nomination by a 85–7 vote.[7] On December 19, 2019, her nomination was confirmed by a 87–6 vote.[8] She received her judicial commission on December 20, 2019.[9]

Memberships

She has been a member of the Federalist Society since 2019.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Karen Marston
  2. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees, United States Attorney Nominees, and United States Marshal Nominees" White House, August 14, 2019 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Seventeen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate", White House, September 9, 2019
  4. ^ "Toomey, Casey Applaud Nomination of Karen Marston to U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania". www.toomey.senate.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  5. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for September 11, 2019
  6. ^ Results of Executive Business – October 24, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
  7. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture: Karen Spencer Marston to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania)". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  8. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Karen Spencer Marston, of Pennsylvania, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania)". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  9. ^ Karen S. Marston at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices Preceded byLegrome D. Davis Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2019–present Incumbent