|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of California|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||2/9/2012 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Jeffrey Miller|
|Past post:||Southern District of California, Magistrate Judge|
|Past term:||12/5/2005 - 2/9/2012|
|Undergraduate:||Rutgers University, B.A., 1980|
|Law School:||University of Michigan Law, J.D., 1988|
Early life and education
Judge Bencivengo received her B.A. degree in Political Science and Journalism from Rutgers University in 1980. The following year, she earned her master's degree in Political Science from the same school. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988.
After receiving her master's degree, Bencivengo worked for Johnson & Johnson. After four years, she left to attend law school. Her legal career began in 1988 with the law firm Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye. She worked for this firm and its successor until she became a magistrate judge. Her practice focused on intellectual property cases. When Gray Cary merged with DLA and Piper Rudnick in January of 2005, she became the National Co-Chair of Patent Litigation.
Southern District of California, Magistrate
Bencivengo joined the United States District Court for the Southern District of California as a magistrate judge on December 5, 2005.
Southern District of California
|Court:||Southern District of California|
|Progress:||Confirmed 274 days after nomination.|
|Nominated:||May 11, 2011|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
|Hearing:||September 7, 2011|
|Reported:||October 6, 2011|
|Confirmed:||February 9, 2012|
On May 11, 2011 Obama nominated Cathy Bencivengo to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California to a seat vacated by Jeffrey Miller. Obama told the press, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."
She was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee on September 7, 2011 and you can find her Committee Questionnaire available here and her Questions for the Record available here.
On February 9, 2012 the United States Senate confirmed Cathy Bencivengo to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California with a vote of 90-6.
- News: Three nominated to federal district courts, May 12, 2011
- The San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association: News, "Dinner Event Panel," May 2008 Scroll to page 2
- "President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench" 5/11/2011
- Official FJC Bio of Judge Bencivengo
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, "Meet the New Federal Magistrate Judge: The Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo," January 2006 See pages 1, 7 and 8
- "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/11/2011" 5/11/2011
- 112th Congress Nomination Materials
- Report on the Activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 112th Congress
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of California
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