Arenda L. Wright Allen
|Arenda L. Wright Allen|
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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||05/11/2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Jerome Friedman|
|Home State:||Philadelphia, PA|
|Undergraduate:||Kutztown State College, B.A., 1982|
|Law School:||North Carolina Central U. Law, J.D., 1985|
|Military service:||U.S. Navy 1985 - 1990, Reserves 1992 - 2005|
Arenda L. Wright Allen is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She joined the court in 2011 after a nomination by Barack Obama. Prior to nomination, she was the Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and had held the position since 2005.
Early life and education
Allen served in the U.S. Navy, JAG Corps from 1985-1990. She later served in the JAG Corps reserves from 1992-2005.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia, 1990-1991
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, 1991-2005
- Assistant Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of Virginia, , 2005-2006
- Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, 2006-2011
Eastern District of Virginia
|Candidate:||Arenda L. Wright Allen|
|Court:||Eastern District of Virginia|
|Progress:||Confirmed 161 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||December 1, 2010|
|ABA Rating:||Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||February 16, 2011|
|Hearing Transcript:||Hearing Transcript|
|Reported:||March 10, 2011|
|Confirmed:||May 11, 2011|
On December 1, 2010, President Obama nominated Allen to the seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia vacated by Jerome Friedman.  President Obama had this to say about the nominations made on December 1, 2010: “These outstanding candidates have shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout their careers. They all have long and distinguished records of service, and I am pleased to nominate them to continue serving the American people on the District Court bench.” 
Allen received a rating of "Substantial Majority Qualified, Minority Well Qualified" from the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 16, 2011 and you can find her Hearing Transcript Available Here.
Allen's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Allen's nomination was confirmed on May 11, 2011 by a vote of 96-0.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of Virginia
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