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Posted at 6:58 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Norfolk lawyer nominated as fed judge

By Spemcer S. Hsu
Washington Post editors

President Obama on Wednesday nominated the top federal public defender in Norfolk to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

If confirmed by the Senate, Arenda L. Wright Allen would become the first female African-American judge to serve in the district, which includes Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond and Southside Virginia, according to the office of Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), who with Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) submitted Allen's name to the White House.

Before joining the Federal Public Defender's office in 2005, Allen was an assistant U.S. attorney in the district from 1991 to 2005, and an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Virginia from 2001 to 2005. She served on active duty for the Navy's JAG Corps from 1985 to 1990 and in the Navy Reserves Jag Corps from 1992 to 2005.

Allen graduated from Kutztown State College in 1982 and North Carolina Central University of Law in 1985.

Allen would replace U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman, who is taking senior status.

By Spemcer S. Hsu  | December 1, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, Virginia  
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